Sonia attacks BJP, AAP: One divides, while the other flees from governance

Sonia’s rally is an attempt to regain some lost ground in Delhi after the party’s drubbing in the recent Assembly elections.

New Delhi | Published: March 31, 2014 1:33 am

Addressing her first rally in the capital ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, attacking the BJP, on Sunday said this election was a contest between two conflicting ideologies. Taking a dig at the Aam Aadmi Party, she said running a government wasn’t “child’s play” and said some had “fled” when entrusted with the task.

“This election is a fight between ideologies. One which divides the society and, on the other hand, the Congress, which keeps it together. One which teaches fundamentalism, and the Congress, which treats everyone equally. One which creates fights between brothers, and the Congress, which has positive feelings even for its rivals,” Sonia said, in an oblique reference to the BJP.

This echoes the views articulated by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi recently, where he emphasised this is a battle between ideologies and not personalities.

Sonia’s rally, at the Ajmal Khan Park, is an attempt to regain some lost ground in Delhi after the party’s drubbing in the recent Assembly elections.

The Congress president said parties that “don’t accept India’s unity” and secular fabric can’t understand patriotism. “They can only mislead you to come to power in order to fulfil vested interests of a few,” she said to the crowd that had gathered to hear her in Karol Bagh, which falls in the New Delhi constituency.

Taking on the BJP but without mentioning its PM candidate Narendra Modi directly, Sonia said “some people are beating drums of patriotism”. “Patriotism, for parties like the BJP, may just be about speeches but whether they believe it or not, it runs in the Congress blood. We are proud of it,” she said.

In her short speech, Sonia recounted the “achievements” of the Congress-led UPA government, mentioning its welfare schemes and rights-based legislation. “If Parliament proceedings hadn’t been stalled, several other legislations could have also been passed,” she said, claiming her party had made “revolutionary changes” in policies.

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    Leo Frank
    Mar 31, 2014 at 6:40 am
    Who will tell this Italian Mame that the country no more needs her version of nationalism? It has already costed us a great deal on every front. We need innovative brains capable of thinking out of the box; keeping things simple; acting in time; working hard and bringing proud to us as a nation. Secondly, yes, BJP & Modi have successfully divided teh ranks of Congress & AAP. Hats off to them. This is what the Italian Mame is most worried about. As far as nation is concerned, Modi & BJP are best addressing the core issues of concern - Development, Electricity, Water, Roads, Employment etc. With people like Digivjay Singh acting advisors to her, her & Congress' ouster from national governance it is just a matter of time.
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      vasantrao deshpande
      Mar 31, 2014 at 8:30 am
      Who divides ? Modi or the CONGRESS? Congress divided the country for their selfish ends. Better to give up the chair rather to stick like the UPA after many financial scams. AAP is honest to go, for others who can do better than him.