BJP divides, Cong unites: Rahul

PTI | ByHaidar Naqvi and PTI, Kanpur
May 03, 2004 11:26 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi accused BJP of dividing the society and pledged to fight against communal and divisive forces.

Rahul Gandhi on Sunday accused the BJP of dividing the society and pledged to fight against communal and divisive forces. "There are only two forces in Indian politics: one makes people fight and the other unites them," he told reporters here on the sidelines of his roadshow when asked to comment on the future of a third front.

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Charging the BJP with dividing the society on communal lines since Independence, Rahul said that the party was now seeking votes from the minority community.

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"We will continue to fight them (the communal forces). We have to fight those who have been disintegrating the country," he said, adding the number of seats his party was expected to win was not the main issue. "I will be here even if we do not get a single seat."

When asked about Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's remarks that politics was not a child's play, a reference to him and his sister Priyanka, he said, "I do not want to give any reaction. I appreciate the Prime Minister's comment. I appreciate that he thinks we are children, and I give him my respects."

On the BJP attacking the Congress for not projecting a prime ministerial candidate and the choice being 'Vajpayee versus question mark', he said, "The question will be answered soon."

Rahul, who is contesting from the Amethi Lok Sabha seat, received a grand welcome when he arrived at the IIT campus in Kanpur to campaign for the Congress nominee. Meant to last two hours, his road show stretched for nine hours. He covered over 20 km sitting with mounds of garlands atop his Tata Safari.

So happy was Rahul with the response that he even refused to leave midway when reminded about the deadline by the district authorities. "I will prefer to spend a night here, but I won't leave, let whatever time it takes," he told the city magistrate.

Be it Rawatpur, Jarib Chowki, P. Road, Bakarmandi, Ambedkar Basti or Mall Road, the welcome was equally warm for Rahul everywhere. At Rawatpur, he got down and mingled with men, women and children.

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