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Sonia asks people to shun divisive politics

india Updated: Oct 15, 2010 21:33 IST

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Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday asked people to uphold secular principles and reject parochial politics as it weakens the society and creates roadblocks in the path of development.

Addressing a mammoth rally in Sewagram, 80 km away from Nagpur, to mark the conclusion of 'Sadhbhavna week' and the 'Gram to Sewagram flag march' organised by the Maharashtra Congress, Gandhi said the onus of ensuring secularism and inclusive development rests with Congress.

"Divisive politics by invoking caste, religion, region and language weakens the society which in turn hampers the development," the UPA chairperson said, lauding the efforts of the state unit to mobilise the grass root cadre.

"This is the pious land of Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave and it inspires all of us to uphold secular principles. If each and every village imbibes this sentiments, nobody can stop us from becoming a superpower," she said.

Gandhi asserted that secularism, unity, peace and harmony are the political commitments of her party. Quoting the Mahatma, she said the power captured through violence and force does not last long.

"As we progress towards prosperity and growth, the need of the hour is to imbibe and implement Gandhiji's teachings of brotherhood and peace."

She maintained it was the 125-year-Congress' tradition to sacrifice everything for upholding its principles. "Maharashtra made significant contribution in this aspect."

The AICC chief said Congress practiced politics of serving poor and deprived. She said it was the duty of the Congress workers to take the policies and programmes of the party's government to the last man in the society so that they are implemented well.

"Making programmes and policies like the NREGA, RTI, Right to Education Act, loan waiver to farmers is not enough. It is up to the party workers to make sure that they benefit the needy," she said.

Extending Dusshera greetings to the people, she praised efforts of the state Congress in galvanising the cadre. "It is our duty to protect the aan, baan and shaan (pride and honour) of our flag," she said.