Sonia Gandhi

Updated on Apr 12, 2004 09:11 PM IST

The NCP decision to drop foreign issue is a "major achievement".

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PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Solapur (maharashtra)

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday termed the decision of the Nationalist Congress Party not to include her foreign origin issue in the party manifesto as a major achievement.

Speaking to reporters at Solapur airport before leaving for Nagpur for a mass contact programme, Gandhi said the NCP decision was a "major achievement", but refused to go further deep on the issue.

Gandhi's statement has come in the light of the pre-poll tie-up by Congress, NCP and RPI for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Sharad Pawar had parted ways with the Congress to form the NCP in 1999 on Gandhi's foreign origin issue, and contested the previous Lok Sabha polls separately.

Pawar's rebellion led to a division of votes which favoured the Sena-BJP saffron alliance in the previous polls.

Though Congress and NCP forged a post-poll alliance after the assembly elections held the same year in Maharashtra, NCP had persisted with its view on Gandhi's foreign origin.

Recently, Pawar announced that his party was ready to keep the foreign origin issue on a backburner and tied up with Congress and minor ally RPI for the Lok Sabha polls.

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