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Oppose Shiv Sena by mobilising people, not violence: Rahul

After taking on the Shiv Sena on its home turf for "Mumbai for Marathis" campaign, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today said the Sainiks should be opposed by mobilising people and not by violence. Visit to Mumbai was a huge success, says Rahul Gandhi

india Updated: Feb 06, 2010 19:13 IST

After taking on the Shiv Sena on its home turf for "Mumbai for Marathis" campaign, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the Sainiks should be opposed by mobilising people and not by violence.

Taking potshots at the Sena protest, he said there were 15 to 20 Shiv Sena workers with black flags when he boarded the suburban trains in Mumbai on Friday but there were thousands of people to support him.

"This is how we should oppose them. We should oppose them not by violence but by mobilising people," he told student leaders during an unannounced brief visit to Edathala.

Ignoring the protest by Shiv Sainiks, Gandhi had on Friday hopped onto Mumbai local trains abandoning his motorcade to make a last minute detour through the bastions of the Saffron outfit which had asked its cadres to greet him with black flags for opposing its "Mumbai for Marathis" campaign.

"India belongs to all Indians. If you are an Indian, you can live in any part of the country as you live in your state ... Whether you are a Keralite or Tamilian or Punjabi. It doesn't matter," Gandhi said.

The Congress leader, who is trying to woo youth through interactions country-wide, stressed the need to strengthen student organisations by mobilising more workers.