Practitioners of politics of hatred can take away power

Practitioners of politics of hatred can take away power, not ideology: Sonia 

New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Indirectly attacking the BJP, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday said the practitioners of “politics of hatred” may have deprived the party of political power, but they can’t take away from it the ideology that unites India.

Her statement was in the context of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s resounding victory in Assam, ending 15 years of Congress rule.

“People practicing the politics of hatred may have deprived us of power, but they can’t snatch the ideology of Rajiv Gandhi that had united everybody,” Sonia said, speaking at an event organised by the Indian Youth Congress to mark the 25th death anniversary of her husband.

“Rajiv Gandhi did a lot and took many significant steps for ensuring peace in Assam, Mizoram and Darjeeling. He had viewed India as a front-runner in the world economics,” Gandhi said of her husband.

Rajiv Gandhi had brought the information technology revolution and gave the power of voting to 18-year-old youths, she said.

“Changes in politics and society that we boast of today were initiated by Rajiv Gandhi who wanted to transform the lives of the poor by means of science and technology,” Sonia said.

“Rajiv is not there today, but he will always reside within us. The steps taken by him have helped India raise its head high,” she added.

President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi visited Rajiv Gandhi memorial Veer Bhumi here to pay tributes to the late leader.

Other Congress leaders, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Sushil Kumar Shinde, P.C. Chacko, Sheila Dikshit and Ajay Maken also paid tributes to Rajiv Gandhi.

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