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Gujarat poll: Sonia launches campaign, attacks BJP

November 03, 2007 16:20 IST

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Gujarat Elections, 2007

Congress president Sonia Gandhi [Images] on Saturday launched the party's campaign in poll-bound Gujarat by making a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party over the Sethusamudram issue saying how could a party which drags Lord Ram's name for political gains be trusted.

"These people have shown no hesitation in dragging Lord Ram's name into their game of politics. How can we trust such people," she said while addressing a largely-attended women's rally -- Mahila Samman Sammelan -- in Anand.

Sonia said the Sethusamudram project was being "used these days as a means to arouse the emotions of people."

"Why don't they tell the truth that it was during the BJP rule and under the National Democratic Alliance regime that the project came about. You should know this truth and tell other people as well. Did they (BJP) not think about Lord Ram while deciding about the scheme," she said, adding the UPA government was looking at all aspects of the issue without hurting the sentiments of any religion.

"For the Congress party, all religions are equal," she added.

Attacking the Narendra Modi government, the Congress president said, "For sometime now, a question is being asked within the country and outside about the kind of people playing a leadership role in the state."

Sonia said it was unfortunate that the reins of the government are in the hands of people who have nothing to do with the high morals of society, politics and humanity.

Apparently referring to the recent sting operation on the 2002 Gujarat riots, Sonia said, "The misdeed that happened during their (BJP) rule as well as the truth that has come to the fore recently has caused deep hurt to all of us and made us hang our heads in shame.

Such heinous acts and physical crimes against our daughters and sisters cannot be allowed in any civilised society. We are all mothers, sisters and daughters. Who can understand the feeling of hurt better than us," she said, exhorting the audience comprising largely of women from different parts of the state.

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