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Sonia charges BJP, RSS with dividing society

Congress president Sonia Gandhi cautions the people to be cautious of the forces (read the BJP and RSS) that are trying to spread hatred and divide society, reports Prasad Nichenametla.

india Updated: Oct 03, 2008 00:39 IST
Prasad Nichenametla
Prasad Nichenametla
Hindustan Times

Even as she criticised terrorist activities in the country, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday cautioned the people to be cautious of the forces (read the BJP and RSS) that were trying to spread hatred and divide society.

Addressing a rally, Samajhik Kranti Samroh, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, in Panipat, the Congress chief launched her campaign in the state serving as a warm up to the elections slated early next year. Apart from Andhra Pradesh, Haryana is the only state where the party is in power on its own.

“There are some forces working against the interests of the nation, trying to dent the integrity of this country. This is a national problem, which has to be dealt with sternly,” she said referring to the serial blasts rocking various places and suspected to be handiwork of certain Islamist outfits.

The Congress president, however, was quick to put the bigger blame on the BJP and the Sangh Parivar. “But there are some elements which, with their political interests in mind, are trying to gain mileage from the prevailing atmosphere. These are the people who want to divide the nation by spreading hatred. This is what even the enemies of our country want,” she said.

In an apparent reference to the communal disturbances in various parts of the country, she said people should adopt Mahatma Gandhi’s message of non-violence in order to tackle various problems. “Unity is the best option to counter any difficulty,” she said.

The UPA chairperson hailed the India-US nuclear deal, which cleared its final hurdle of the US Senate approval on Wednesday.

First Published: Oct 03, 2008 00:36 IST