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BJP propagating ‘politics of hatred’, says Sonia Gandhi

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi being felicitated with traditional Assamese Japi (Hat) by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and party leader Ranee Narah during an election campaign rally at North Lakhimpur,Assam on Sunday. PTI UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi being felicitated with traditional Assamese Japi (Hat) by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and party leader Ranee Narah during an election campaign rally at North Lakhimpur,Assam on Sunday. PTI

Training her guns on BJP and its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday warned the people against the “politics of hatred” propagated by the opposition party and asked them not to be swayed by “false promises” and big talk.

“The opposition, particularly the BJP, are going round the country indulging in big talk but what did their government do when they were in power at the Centre? There is a big difference between talking and working”, Gandhi told an election rally in Lakhimpur town.

The BJP and its leadership is “propagating the politics of hatred,” she said.

She asked the people not to be swayed by the “false promises of the opposition but be guided by their own good sense and take a decision to support the Congress and vote for their candidates.”

On the other hand, Congress has strengthened the country’s ‘Ganga-Jamuna’ culture, she said. “We do not make false promises. What we promise, we deliver. The Congress believes in ‘Har Haath Shakti, Har Haath Tarakki (Each hand is power, each hand is progress”, Gandhi said.

“We have fulfilled almost all promises made in the 2009 manifesto. We will do the same with the 2014 manifesto and we need your support for this,” she said.

“There is a lot of difference between working and talking. North-east people know real nationalism, hope you will not be misled by those who are simply beating the drums of nationalism,” Gandhi said.

Targeting the BJP, she said, “Congress has always shed blood and sacrificed for the country. On the other hand is a party that has only divided the society.”

Congress workers in Assam and other places have been sacrificing their lives for the country before independence and even after the country became free, it is they who are engaged in nation-building.

“Where was the BJP and others then? There was no sign of the opposition either before or after independence. They are just engaged in division of the country, she charged.

 

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