Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The All-India Congress Committee general secretary in-charge of State Veerappa Moily has said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi played a major role in ensuring the steep decline in terrorism in the country.

He also credited former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi with signing several agreements with terrorist organisations which led to a 70 per cent decline in insurgency in the north-east. Addressing a public meeting at the historic Charminar here on Wednesday on the occasion of the 17th death anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi, Mr. Moily paid tributes to the late leader for laying a firm foundation for the 21st century India.

He gave a vision to the country in the new century. He strove for social and inclusive democracy.

APCC president D. Srinivas lauded Rajiv Gandhi’s efforts for restoration of peace in the Indian sub-continent. The meeting was held at the spot where Rajiv Gandhi started his Sadbhavana yatra for peace at the height of communal violence in the old city in early nineties. Mr. Moily presented the Sadbhavana award to the father of Major Kumandur Prabhakar Vinay of Rashtriya Rifles regiment who was killed during an anti-terrorist operation in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir last year. Vinay was a native of the city.