I will fight till the end: Sonia to her opponents
CONGRESS president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday launched her election campaign by declaring an open war on her adversaries. Hitting back at them for making ?undignified remarks?, she said, ?Let my adversaries know, Sonia will fight. Sonia will not leave the battle ground.? She also said she could not stoop to the level of her rivals and that people would give them a befitting reply.india Updated: May 04, 2006 01:33 IST
CONGRESS president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday launched her election campaign by declaring an open war on her adversaries.
Hitting back at them for making ‘undignified remarks’, she said, “Let my adversaries know, Sonia will fight. Sonia will not leave the battle ground.”
She also said she could not stoop to the level of her rivals and that people would give them a befitting reply.
Sonia was obviously referring to the opposition parties’ onslaught and use of undignified language during their election campaign. “Their only objective is to target and damage Sonia,” she said adding, “my ‘sanskar’ does not allow me to counter my opponents in the same language as they use,” said Sonia. “Jo usoolon ke liye ladte hain woh peechhe nahin hat-te. Jo aam aadmi ke liye ladte hain woh aandhi toofan main peechhe nahin hatte” (Those who fight for their values, for the people do not retract come what may),” said Sonia amidst thunderous applause.
Sonia’s rebuttal comes a day after Samajwadi Party’s rally which saw Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav asking her to clarify what she had done for the development of the constituency. Sonia was obviously upset over allegations made against her by other Samajwadi Party leaders there.
This was the first day of Sonia Gandhi’s visit to her constituency. Sonia took Rae Bareli by storm, meeting people and addressing election rallies at Sareni, Sataon and rae Bareli assembly segments. At Sareni she was offered a garland weighing nearly 50 kgs and presented a sword. Sonia displayed the sword to people as if indicating that she was ready for the battle to beat her opponents.
Large crowds were witnessed both at the meeting venues as well as the route from Lucknow to Rae Bareli where she entered via Unnao.
Taking a dig at the Mulayam government, Sonia said the State Government was causing hindrances in way of development. “The State Government did not use the funds that the Centre proposed to give for cleaning of canals,” said Sonia adding, “In order to serve their self interest and narrow political gains they have deprived thousands of the benefits of the projects.” Listing rural electrification, health and other projects initiated by her in the constituency in the last two years, Sonia said she had made all efforts to bring development to the constituency. “This is, however, just the beginning,” she said.
Sonia had a word of praise for Prime MInister Manmohan Singh saying the UPA government led by him was always ready to help the UP government. “If the State Government had cooperated with the Centre, a lot of more work could have been done,” she said adding, “We do not believe in acting in a partisan manner.”
Striking an emotional chord, Sonia referred to the circumstances that led to her resignation. Sonia referred to the ageold ties of the Gandhi family with the people of the constituency and said she was aware that she did not need to visit the constituency for campaigning. “I had got a message urging me not to come. Yet how can I keep away from my people when I visit all corners of the country,” said Sonia adding that her son Rahul Gandhi was already camping in the constituency while Priyanka and Robert Vadra too would arrive soon.Listing women empowerment as the main objective of her life, Sonia said the country could not progress without the uplift of women. “My objective is my test,” she said adding she had opted to serve the people. “There are many who may become PM. Yet only those get respect who care for nation,” she said.
First Published: May 04, 2006 01:33 IST