Sonia says terror has no religion, but some parties linking two(Lead)

November 23rd, 2008 - 8:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Sonia GandhiNew Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) Terrorism has no religion but some parties are trying to associate it with a particular religion or community to further their divisive policies, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said Sunday as she campaigned for a third term for her party in the capital.Addressing her first poll rally in Delhi, Sonia Gandhi said ahead of the Delhi elections Nov 29: “Such parties want to grab power at any cost.” The Congress president avoided naming any political party.

She said the two biggest challenges before the country are terrorism and communalism. “Terrorists have no religion and their only motive is to spread terror and fear in the society,” she told the gathering of thousands packed into the Ramlila Ground in northwest Delhi’s Mongolpuri locality.

Taking a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), she asserted: “The BJP wants to form the government for itself while the Congress wants to form the government for the people to fight the challenges before the country and to continue its development work.”

She said it was the result of the Congress’ performance that the party was ruling Delhi for the last 10 years under the leadership of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

The BJP could not provide stability in the national capital for it had changed three chief ministers during five years of its rule here, the Congress president said.

Sonia Gandhi added that even at the centre, all major achievements for the country came under the Congress rule. “When the first Indian went to space, it was our rule and now also when the Chandrayaan is orbiting the moon,” she stressed.

She said the way the world watched the Indian achievement of Chandrayaan reaching the moon, the people of Delhi saw development works under the Congress rule.

Similarly, the Congress-led central government signed the historic India-US nuclear deal to enhance the country’s power production.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit also spoke at the rally. She said her government had worked to alleviate the problems of every section of the society with a focus on the common man.

Dikshit said it was only because of Congress’ performance in Delhi that it had been chosen as the venue for the Commonwealth Games in 2010. She vowed to fulfill the dream of making Delhi a world class city, if given a third chance.

“Delhi is on the road to development, its pace should not be hampered. People should vote for the Congress to continue the trend. If the Congress returns to power, we will fulfill the dream of making Delhi a world class city,” Dikhsit said.

Union minister Kapil Sibal and chief of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) J.P.Aggarwal were also present at the rally.

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