Sonia asks partymen to put up a united fight, Cong needles CM
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 22:07
New Delhi: With Bihar going to polls tomorrow, Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday asked Congress workers to put up a united fight while her party stepped up attack on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, accusing him of following "double-faced" policy on secularism.

"The Bihar assembly election is the next challenge facing the Congress party. Our party workers must give our opponents a united fight. Only by doing so, we will strengthen our organisation and lead the party to victory," Gandhi said in her Letter to Congresspersons in the party mouthpiece "Congress Sandesh".

The AICC, meanwhile, launched a scathing attack against Kumar accusing him of not having a "clean heart" and adopting a "double-faced policy" on secularism.

"BJP and JD-U have an alliance in Bihar. There cannot be any bigger definition of political opportunism than this. Nitish Kumar has run his government for five years in alliance with BJP.

"He had also been a minister in the NDA government and chose to stay on even after the carnage in Gujarat when everybody was distancing from Narendra Modi. But he is now shy of sharing dais with BJP leaders. How long will he be able to mislead the people through this double-faced policy on secularism. People of the state need to realize this," Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said.

He also asked Kumar "whether he considers BJP also responsible along with Modi for the Gujrat carnage" and "does he accept that BJP should seek apology from the nation for it".

The party has been attacking Kumar on the issue of secularism. Gandhi during an election rally in Bihar a few days back also attacked Kumar for running a government with the help of "those dead against secularism".

Congress appointed a Muslim as its PCC chief ahead of the assembly elections and had given tickets to more than 50 Muslim candidates this time while top Congress leaders had addressed rallies in Muslim dominated constituencies.


First Published: Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 22:07

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