Sonia raises election heat,targets those ‘misusing’ God

Two days after BJP leaders L K Advani and Rajnath Singh reiterated that building the Ram temple in Ayodya remained one of their party’s top priorities....

Written by Santosh Singh | Dehiri-on-sone | Published: February 11, 2009 11:18:50 pm

Two days after BJP leaders L K Advani and Rajnath Singh reiterated that building the Ram temple in Ayodya remained one of their party’s top priorities,Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday took the poll heat several notches up,using strong words to describe efforts to drag religion and god into politics.

“Some people do not spare even God to grind their axe. They hardly want to accept that religion is a matter of individual faith,” Sonia,who is also the chairperson of the ruling UPA coalition,said at a Railways function in Bihar without naming the BJP or any of its leaders.

“Satta hasil karne ke liye logo ki bhavna ke saath khelna dhokha hai (using religion as a ladder to get power is a betrayal),” she said at a function to launch work on the Eastern Corridor of Dedicated Freight Project also attended by Railways Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav. Such forces,she said,

can weaken society. “It is time to stand united,” she said.

The railway project aims at a specialised freight route of about 2,800 km — from Ludiana to Somnagar and from Mumbai to Dadri (Western Corridor).

Sonia spoke less on the freight corridor — “It would help generate employment and contribute to the country’s overall development” — and used the opportunity to spell out the achievements of the UPA government even in hard times. “India is least affected by the economic recession only because of its sound economic progress in recent years,” she told the gathering of hundreds of people at a local football ground. Sonia also spoke about the Rs 71,000 crore loan waiver to farmers and employment generation through NREGA.

She lavished praise on the Railways Minister,saying that Lalu had proved how an organisation can be made the best profit-making government body.

Lalu used the occasion to tell the Congress chief that his RJD firmly stood with her party. “We are one. Even if we develop differences (go to the polls separately),we would be one after the elections,” said Lalu.

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