NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi hit back at the Bharatiya Janata Party on the issue of terrorism at a well-attended election rally at Ramlila Grounds here on Wednesday. “Rajivji and Indiraji laid down their lives for the country and therefore the party does not need any certificate on the issue,” she said.
Addressing her only rally in Delhi ahead of the Lok Sabha polls on May 7, Ms. Gandhi accused the BJP of being soft on terror. “The BJP should introspect and see what happened during its term. People have not forgotten what they did.”
On the issue of communalism, Ms. Gandhi said some political parties and elements were forever looking for opportunities to divide society. “They tried, but did not succeed. Why? Because people have seen their true colour. And people have stood together united to defeat such forces.”
Stating that the Ramlila Grounds symbolises the rich “Ganga-Jamuni sanskriti” (the cultural heritage of the area around the Ganga and the Yamuna) and has been witness to speeches by a number of great leaders since Independence, Ms. Gandhi paid a tribute to Delhi and its people. “Delhi is the heart of the country and a mini-India and people here understand what is right and wrong.”
The people had, despite much misinformation, voted the Congress to power for a record third consecutive term in the Delhi Assembly elections recently, Ms. Gandhi said. They should realise that this was the only party that had an ideology and programmes: it was not like others which make false promises and have a divisive agenda.
Ms. Gandhi, who had on the stage Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and the seven party candidates for the Lok Sabha elections — Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president J.P. Agarwal, Union Ministers Ajay Maken and Kapil Sibal, Sandeep Dikshit, Krishna Tirath, Mahabal Mishra and Ramesh Kumar — commended the performance of the Sheila Dikshit government over the past 10 years.