With the opposition attacking the government on Sachar Committee findings on Muslims as also on farmer's suicide, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has accused the non-Congress rule of being responsible for the plight of Muslims as also farmers.
"Under the last decade of non-Congress rule at the Centre, not only has the agriculture sector been neglected, the condition of our minorities has also deteriorated sharply," Gandhi said in her 'Letter to Congress Workers' in the latest issue of party journal Congress Sandesh.
With assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and some other states round the corner, Gandhi sought to reach out to Muslims by noting that only a small percentage of minorities were present in government services and in other areas of the country's socio-political life.
She said "the Prime Minister has already asked for affirmative action on their behalf and along with this, all avenues that can help them catch up with other social groups in the country must be rigorously explored and debated".
Gandhi said that to create an equitable society, it is important that each citizen of India, irrespective of caste or religion, feels empowered to participate in the economic growth of the country.
"It is only then that we can be truly proud of our democracy", she added.
Gandhi's comments came in the backdrop of criticism that Congress was responsible for the plight of Muslims and farmers as it has ruled the country for most of the time since independence.