BJP playing 'obstructive' role in politics: Sonia
Speaking at the AICC session, the Cong president also says Gandhian ideals are under threat in BJP-ruled states.Updated: Nov 17, 2007 12:08 IST
Launching a frontal attack on the BJP, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday said the saffron party had played an "obstructive" role in politics and Gandhian ideals were under threat in states ruled by it.
Addressing the AICC session in New Delhi, Gandhi also flayed the BJP's comments on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying no words were strong enough to condemn the attacks on him.
The BJP has played an "obstructive" role in politics despite being offered opportunities for debate, she said.
Gandhian ideals are under threat in BJP-ruled states, she said.
Asserting that the UPA has brought secular values to governance and administration, she said the welfare of minorities has been the priority of the UPA and the government was working on recommendations of Sachar Committee on uplift of Muslims.
"We have announced special packages in backward areas specially where there are non-Congress governments.
"This proves that unlike BJP, our government does not play partisan politics," the Congress President said.
Congress is the only party which believes in secular ideals. "We reject politics which look at economic growth separately from social justice," she said.
Gandhi observed that Naxalism was a growing threat to the country which needs to be countered.
For this, the administration in tribal areas needs to be strengthened and land ownership and forceful acquisition of land need to be looked into, she said.
"The country has made progress because of sustained efforts of successive Congress governments in the face of tremendous odds, both domestically and internationally," she added.
"Our government has focussed constantly on the welfare of people. Special packages have been announced in places where farmers have committed suicide," she said.
The situation in Jammu and Kashmir has also improved, the Congress President said.
Incidents of terrorist attacks in some cities of the country are a matter of concern, she said.
Gandhi expressed concern over the party organisation saying that the Congress has not been able to translate people's goodwill towards it into votes.
"Infighting has weakened Congress in certain states. Party needs to be strengthened at the grassroots in Uttar Pradesh," she added.
"We have to work towards making the party achieve its earlier glory," Gandhi said.
First Published: Nov 17, 2007 10:07 IST