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Some hail her, some nail her

TERMING THE resignation of Congress president Sonia Gandhi the death warrant of the Mulayam Singh Yadav government, the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee Congress (UPCC) today said Sonia?s action would pave the way for return of the Congress in UP. Addressing a demonstration that Congressmen staged in front of the Vidhan Sabha, the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) president Salman Khurshid and Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Pramod Tiwari said the Congress would give a befitting reply to detractors of Sonia Gandhi.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2006 01:13 IST

Congmen rally behind chief

TERMING THE resignation of Congress president Sonia Gandhi the death warrant of the Mulayam Singh Yadav government, the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee Congress (UPCC) today said Sonia’s action would pave the way for return of the Congress in UP.

Addressing a demonstration that Congressmen staged in front of the Vidhan Sabha, the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) president Salman Khurshid and Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Pramod Tiwari said the Congress would give a befitting reply to detractors of Sonia Gandhi.

“This is not merely the resignation of Sonia Gandhi. Her victory from Rae Bareli would mark the beginning of the end of Mulayam rule in the State,” Tiwari said, who along with Khurshid, called Sonia’s resignation a sacrifice.

This was for the third time that Sonia Gandhi had made the sacrifice, said Khurshid, evincing a huge applause from the gathered Congressmen. Besides holding a demonstration, Congressmen also made an attempt to climb the Vidhan Sabha gate, where a large posse of policemen stopped them.

On way from the UPCC headquarters to the Vidhan Sabha, the Congressmen raised slogans in favour of Sonia Gandhi and ended the demonstration with the slogans of ‘Hum Honge Kaamyab’.

Earlier, the UPCC adopted a resolution committing itself to fight what it called the unholy alliance between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Samajwadi Party and said, the party stood solidly behind Sonia Gandhi. The resolution focused on Sonia Gandhi’s resignation and commended her feeling of “devotion and sacrifice” to inculcate high moral values in politics.

The resolution called her resignation a bold step and said Sonia Gandhi had not only shown the path of upholding high moral values, but she had also exposed the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Samajwadi Party’s conspiracy of launching personal attacks to defame her.

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Congress MLC Seraj Mehndi on Friday resigned as MLC to express his solidarity with the resignation of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. In a press statement, Mehndi said he had forwarded his resignation to the Congress president. Incidentally, Mehndi’s term expires on May 5.

First Published: Mar 25, 2006 01:13 IST