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BJP hurting ideology of Mahatma Gandhi: Sonia Gandhi

Thursday, 30 January 2014 - 5:00pm IST | Agency: PTI

Congress President Sonia Gandhi today accused the BJP of spreading 'hatred of communalism' for the sake of power and 'hurting' the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi. "They are bent on hurting the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi which taught us religious tolerance and brotherhood among all communities," the Congress President said reminding that today was 'Martyr's day' when Gandhiji was assassinated by a 'fanatic'. "For the sake of the chair they are breaking age-old Ganga-Yamuna culture of the country and spreading communal hatred in society," Gandhi told a Congress rally after inaugurating a campus of the Aligarh Muslim University. During her 10 minute speech, she said that communal forces were trying to fool the people through lofty talks, while the Congress always worked hard to strengthen the foundation of secularism in the country. Amid a war of words between Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the Congress in the past two days over an invitation to the AMU function, Gandhi said the UPA government had always been kind toward the state and allocated Rs 134 lakh crore for its development in the last 10 years. Union HRD minister M M Pallam Raju, Congress General Secretary and in-charge of Bihar Affairs C P Joshi, PCC chief Ashok Chaudhary and Kisanganj Congress Lok Sabha member Asrarul Haque were present on the dais.

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