PM to address Congress plenary today

PM is likely to endorse the stand taken by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on major issues.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Amid the growing concern party over corruption, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will Monday address the plenary session of the Congress party.

As per reports, Prime Minister is likely to endorse the stand taken by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on major issues.

Under attack from a combined Opposition over corruption scandals including the 2G spectrum allocation scam, Adarsh housing society scam, Sonia Gandhi yesterday hit back, calling on the government to investigate links between terrorists and the RSS and its sister organisations that came to light in some of the recent cases.

The Congress chief, while extending support for Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, showered praises on him by calling him a picture of wisdom and sobriety.

In a two-pronged attack on fundamentalism and corruption, Sonia Gandhi said majority and minority communalism are dangerous and must be defeated and favoured fast-tracking all corruption cases, including those of politicians.

Addressing the Congress plenary here, she dwelt at length on the two subjects in the backdrop of a number of corruption charges hitting the party and the UPA government headed by it and the controversy surrounding Rahul Gandhi`s comments about Hindu radicalism being "bigger threat" than groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba.
Maintaining that Congress has always fought against all forms of communalism, regardless of their source, Gandhi said, "Communalism is the abuse of religion for narrow political purposes.

In an apparent attack on saffron forces, she said the country cannot ignore the pernicious impact of individuals, institutions and ideologies that distort history and thrive on spreading religious prejudice and inciting people to violence using religion as a cover.

Gandhi`s attack on communalism of all hues comes as an apparent damage-control exercise in the wake of controversy surrounding Rahul`s remarks to US Ambassador Timothy Roemer against Hindu radicalism that came under attack from BJP and RSS.

Delving on the issue of corruption over which the government and the party have been under attack, the Congress president expressed concern over the fact that it has "become a disease" at all levels throughout the society.
She underlined the need for instituting a new system of fast tracking all cases that concern corruption by public servants, including politicians.

The Congress chief also expressed concerns over rising inflation, by asking the government to sustain the momentum of high economic growth and keeping in check the spiralling prices of essential commodities.

She said subsidies meant for the poor must reach them and them alone. "Subsidies enjoyed by the relatively well-off must be redirected to those in need. It is essential that the quality of public education and healthcare is vastly improved," she said.

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