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I'm target of Oppn attacks: Sonia

Addressing a rally at Rae Bareli, the Congress President said that the road ahead was difficult with full of dangers.

india Updated: Mar 28, 2006 20:44 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Launching a scathing attack on the opposition, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said that their true colours have come out after her resignation. Everyone was trying to save himself from disqualification in the wake of the office of profit controversy, she added.

"Perhaps you must have noticed that everyone's language has changed after my resignation," Gandhi, who resigned from Lok Sabha last Friday, said addressing a largely attended public rally in Rae Bareli, her parliamentary constituency.

Apparently targeting parties like Samajwadi Party along with opposition BJP, Gandhi quipped that her detractors had suddenly become quite and started finding out ways and means of saving themselves.

"I am not going to say much, but you understand what is happening," she said in a tongue-in-cheek remark at those who had created uproar in the Parliament accusing her of using Parliament and Government to save herself from certain disqualification.

Revealing that she had decided to quit the Lok Sabha seat after consultations with her children Rahul and Priyanka, Gandhi declared she was aware that the road ahead is difficult and there are dangers.

"But I am not the one to get scared by all this. I am not going to retrace my steps," she said.

Gandhi said that Congress' opponents have not been able to stomach the fact that the party-run coalition was at the helm of affairs at the Centre and those who used to target Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were now targeting her.

"Whenever opportunity arises, they all say concocted things. Even if there is a storm, hailstorm or lightning falls, they say it was all because of Sonia Gandhi. I am their enemy number one," the Congress president said alleging that she was the target of all the attacks.

Gandhi, who also resigned as chairperson of National Advisory Council, said that she had not accepted that post for personal gains but to advise the Government on the implementation of the Common Minimum Programme.

Noting that the NAC played an important role in the framing of the historic National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme, she regretted that some people, however, see everything from a selfish angle.

Describing her resolve to give a befitting reply to her detractors by going back to the people, Gandhi said, "I have full confidence in your conscience and judgement. Our fight will go on and the caravan will also keep on moving."

About her visit to her constituency, she said, "Whenever there are sad or happy moments, one shares it with the family. But I don't know whether I have come to share my happiness or sorrow."

Gandhi said the Nehru-Gandhi family had in the past, always faced mud-slinging campaign from opposition parties. "But if anyone supported them, it was none other than the people of this country including you all. The people are the greatest strength of our party."

While concluding her speech, she wished people on the occasion of "Navratra", which comes two days later.

First Published: Mar 28, 2006 12:31 IST