Chief Minister says the founder of Indian National Congress A.O. Hume, was a foreigner

‘Country faces threat from internal as well as external forces’

Congress has always stood for the welfare of people, says Rosaiah

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah observed that the issue of the foreign origin of AICC president Sonia Gandhi was an irrelevant subject as the Indian National Congress was founded by a foreigner A.O. Hume.

Mr. Rosaiah, who visited the Congress Legislature Party office to attend the 125th anniversary celebrations of the INC here on Monday, said Ms. Gandhi was taking forward the ideology practised by former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. He said the issues that were currently confronting the country were the threat from internal as well as external forces that were bent on destabilising India through disruptive acts.

He said the Congress had a glorious history spanning over 12 decades, a period during which it had seen many ups and downs. “Political parties are founded with the aim of coming to power, but the Congress always stood for the welfare of people,” he said and added that there was no change in the outlook of the Congress, which was in the forefront of the freedom struggle and continued to do so today.

Mr. Rosaiah said after gaining freedom India was dependent on other countries for the supply of almost everything, including foodgrains. “Even needles had to be exported and today, the situation is that we are self-sufficient in every field and role models for several countries,” he added.

Ministers P.Sabitha Indra Reddy, Botcha Satyanarayana, Vatti Vasant Kumar and others were present.