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We made ministers resign over corruption, can BJP, asks Sonia

Last updated on: December 19, 2010 17:56 IST

We made ministers resign over corruption, can BJP, asks Sonia

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Addressing the 83rd Congress plenary, party president Sonia Gandhi said that corruption cannot be tolerated. She hit out at the Opposition for not taking action against its leaders involved in corruption. 

Crticising the Bharatiya Janata Party for not acting against Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who is allegedly involved in a land scam, she   dared the BJP to act against him.
Sonia, who spoke for nearly an hour, said that her party was committed to eradicating corruption.

"The Congress is the only party which has removed chief ministers and other ministers facing allegation of corruption even when the charge has not been proved. The BJP must follow the same instead of accusing the Congress of inaction," she added.

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Image: Sonia Gandhi at the Congress plenary
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'Corruption is a disease, wipe it out'

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Corruption is a disease and needs to be wiped out. The party will give precedence to wiping out corruption. Whistle blowers must be protected and encouraged since these are the people who help ending this menace. Let no one think that the Congress will shield the corrupt and the Opposition should not live under that illusion," said Sonia.

The Congress president said that her party has made a statement on corruption by acting on it unlike the others who just talk about it. She, however, did not make any specific references to either the 2G or the Adarsh Society scam.
Talking about the party's defeat in the Bihar elections, Sonia said that it was a wake-up call. "There is work needed to be done from the grassroot levels and there is no short cut to success. All party workers should bear this in mind," she said.


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Sonia defends Dr Singh, says he's a man of dignity

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Sonia defended Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and slammed the Opposition for attacking him. "The PM is a man of integrity and dignity. The Opposition has made unsavoury, personal attacks on him. I want to say the party is with him and completely supports him," she said.

The Congress president also addressed the issue of terrorism saying that there is a need to understand the problem. "There is a need for political will to counter this problem. "We need to introspect what is happening in Jammu and Kashmir and see why the youth are being misguided. There is a need to find a solution here and the government is committed to it," she said.

She also made brief references to the Varanasi blast and the threat posed by Naxalites. Going to the root of the problem will help sort the issue, she said.

Image: Pranab Mukherjee, Kripashankar Singh, Rita Bahuguna Joshi and Dr Singh listen to Sonia's speech

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Senior ministers should listen to party workers: Sonia

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Thanking party workers for reposing faith in her leadership for last 12 years, Sonia called upon Union ministers to stay in touch with the local leaders in the states they hail from.

"I have received numerous complaints from the party workers that often their grievances are not heard by Union ministers at the Centre and the state level. I sincerely believe that this is true. Hence, I call upon the ministers particularly from the Centre to listen to the party workers and keep in touch with what is happening at the state level. After all, it is the party workers who are our ears, particularly where the Congress government is not in power," she said.

During the speech she devoted considerable time on the need to induct youth in the party. "We need young people to energise the party," she said.


Image: Pranab Mukherjee, Dr Singh and Sonia Gandhi

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