Cautioning people against voting for divisive forces, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday appealed to them to protect the country's tradition of unity in diversity for the sake of peace and progress.
Addressing a series of rallies during the last leg of her campaign in poll-bound Maharashtra, she made a strong pitch for Congress as the party of good governance.
"The Centre along with the state government was focusing on improving the infrastructure and housing in urban areas and Congress was committed to develop Mumbai as international financial centre," Gandhi said addressing a Congress-NCP rally for the October 13 elections at the MMRDA Ground here.
Describing Mumbai as a melting pot of all cultures in India, Gandhi asked its people to protect the country's tradition of unity in diversity for the sake of peace and progress.
Gandhi said Mumbai is not only the economic capital of the country but has a "working culture".
"It has a speed of its own," she said and added that its uniqueness was that it fights challenges and threats unitedly.
"It is sad that some people in the city talk of divisiveness," she said without referring to the opposition parties.
The Congress President said Mumbai's heart was as large as the Arabian sea. The entire country considers Mumbai as its own city, she said adding Mumbaikars were alert citizens.