Beware of divisive forces, says Sonia Gandhi
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Last Updated: Friday, October 15, 2010, 19:04
Sewagram (Maha): Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday asked people to be beware of those forces trying to foment divisions in the name of religion and language.

"Beware of those trying to divide us over religion and language," she told the 'Sadhbhawana rally' here in Maharashtra's Wardha district.

The rally was part of the concluding ceremony of the 'Gram to Sewagram' flag march organised by the Maharashtra unit of Congress.

"At the outset I apologise to you. Due to technical snag in aircraft I reached venue late," she said.

"This is the sacred land of Mahatma Gandhi and Vinoba Bhave. I salute this sacred land.

"A weak society lags behind on the path of progress. We have to handle our responsibilities while keeping in mind social commitments," she said.

"We have to keep walking on Gandhiji's principles of sacrifice, brotherhood and non-violence," the UPA chairperson said, adding "all our great leaders and party workers shed blood for India's independence".

Sonia said her late husband Rajiv Gandhi dreamt of a 21st century strong India. "It is before you to see," she said. For us, politics has always been a medium of service to weaker sections, she said.

The Congress-led government was focusing on welfare of farmers, women and minorities and in areas like health, education and employment generation, she said.

The Right to Education Act passed by Parliament gives the poorest of poor chance to education, she said. "We are coming out with a food security bill which will give food guarantee to all, especially the poor," she said.

Elaborate arrangements were in place for the rally, organised as part of celebration of the Congress party completing 125 years.


First Published: Friday, October 15, 2010, 19:04

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