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Rajnath tells Sonia to drop her surname "Gandhi"

india Updated: Oct 03, 2007 22:30 IST
HT Correspondent

BJP president Rajnath Singh asked Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to drop her surname if she does not believe in the existence of Lord Ram as Mahatma Gandhi did.

Addressing a meet of the BJP’s farmers cell, Singh trained guns at the Congress on the Ram affidavit issue in connection with the Sethu Samudram project.

"If Sonia Gandhi and her children do not have faith in Mahatma Gandhi, his belief and in Lord Ram, then they should not use his name along with their names. Mahatma Gandhi's "political vision was Ram Rajya while his spiritual vision was Raghupati Raghav Rajaram" and his ultimate belief and the last words were "Hey Ram",” Singh said.

The BJP chief said "If Lord Ram did not exist, then it means the preachings of Gandhiji were all wrong. The Congress president has Gandhi in her surname. Her children also carry Gandhi surnames. Then I think they should reconsider."

Singh's remark came a day after the Congress chief spoke about the relevance of Gandhi in her address to the UN General Assembly on the occasion of his 138th birth anniversary.

Singh asked the Congress to respond to his poser “if Lord Ram did not exist then whether the Father of the Nation's strong belief in Ram Rajya was fake and deceit.

Singh also predicted a similar fate for the Congress as the BJP faced in Delhi in 1998 because of the skyrocketing rates of the vegetables. "We had faced the consequences of onion price rise once and it is time the Congress pay the price politically," he said.

Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition L K Advani addressed a dharna at Jantar Mantar here by the sugarcane growers from Telangana region. "Prime Minister must speedily look into problems of sugarcane growers in Telangana (Andhra Pradesh) and I would write to him and the agricultural minister in this regard," he said. Later, Advani also addressed a demonstration by the Assam unit of the party's youth wing demanding deportation of the illegal Bangladeshi residents in the country.