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Sonia plays down Left's N-deal concerns

india Updated: Oct 02, 2007 11:24 IST
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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has sought to play down Left's concerns on the Indo-US nuclear deal saying they were not a cause for "alarm".

"Some time a great deal is made in public domain of the opinions expressed by our friends who support our coalition but this should not alarm you," the Congress president said here without directly referring to the deal but apparently alluding to it.

Addressing a gathering of over 2,000 Indian-Americans on Monday evening, Gandhi said, "we believe that it is important to listen to all points of view because we believe that this only strengthens the democratic process and the process to arrive at a consensus."

Calling for a concerted fight against terrorism, Gandhi stressed on the need to ensure that no community feels targeted.

Paying tributes to the way the people of New York have rebuilt their lives after terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, she said India has been confronting this scourge for a very long time.

Mahatma Gandhi fell to the bullets of a fanatic and two its leaders Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were also victims to terrorism.

"What is remarkable is the resilience of people and how these attacks have not succeeded in damaging the bonds of social harmony in our society," Sonia said.