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Sonia accuses Modi of spreading 'hatred'
April 13, 2007 16:43 IST
Lashing out at the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat, the Congress President Sonia Gandhi Friday said the state government was spreading the "poison of hatred" among the people. Gandhi was speaking at the conclusion of a 'cycle yatra' organised by her party which began from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad on April 1 to spread the message of Mahatma Gandhi.
She said, "The Modi government is spreading poison of hatred among the people while Gandhiji spread the message of love and unity". She urged the people of Gujarat to remind the state government about its 'kartvaya' and 'rajdharma' (duty).
"I do not want to speak about what happened here as everybody knows it. Now, the country needs peace and harmony between all communities," she said addressing a huge gathering at the Chaupaty maidan facing the Porbandar sea.
Speaking about those who were using Gandhiji's name for the wrong reason, she said, "Unke dil main kuch aur aur jaban pe kuch aur hai (they have something else in their hearts and they speak something else)".
Giving an example, she spoke about how the 250 cycle rally participants were harassed by some elements who vandalised Gandhi's poster. She also accused the Gujarat government of not using Central funds given for various schemes in an appropriate manner.
Gandhi gave example of a fishermen welfare scheme that was not implemented by the Gujarat government and also other schemes for farmers that were not utilised. She voiced concern over the state government's recent decision to relax prohibiton laws in special economic zones and said that the govenment was only "pro-rich".
The Congress president told the massive gathering that her party was working towards the benefit of the people by coming out with various schemes for the farmers. Gandhi visited Porbandar as the 13-day cycle rally (Mahatma Gandhi Sandesh Cycle Yatra), taken out by the Congress from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi to celebrate 100 years of 'satyagrah', culminated.
The cyclists travelled 537 kms from Ahmedabad to Porbandar covering seven districts of the state. State Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki also participated in the yatra. Ashwin Pratapsingh, hailing from Madhya Pradesh, who was one among the 250 cyclists who participated in the yatra, said it was a wonderful experience for him. "The entire cadre was motivated by the presence of Solanki. They went from village to village to spread Mahatma Gandhi's message of love and peace," he added.