Terror has no religion, but some parties linking the two: Sonia


New Delhi : Terrorism had no religion but some parties were trying to associate it with a particular religion or community to further their divisive policies, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said Sunday as she kicked off her election campaign in the capital.

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Addressing a rally in Delhi, Gandhi said ahead of the Delhi elections Nov 29: “Such parties want to grab power at any cost.” The Congress president avoided naming any political party.

She said the two biggest challenges before the country are terrorism and communalism. “Terrorists have no religion and their only motive is to spread terror and fear in the society,” she told the gathering of thousands packed into the Ramlila Ground in northwest Delhi’s Mongolpuri locality.

Taking a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), she asserted: “The BJP wants to form the government for itself while the Congress wants to form the government for the people to fight the challenges before the country and to continue its development work.”

She said it was the result of the Congress’ performance that the party was ruling Delhi for the last 10 years under the leadership of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

The BJP could not provide stability in the national capital for it had changed three chief ministers during five years of its rule here, the Congress president said.

Gandhi added that even at the centre, all major achievements for the country came under Congress rule. “When the first Indian went to space, it was our rule and now also when the Chandrayaan is orbiting the moon,” she said.

Similarly, the Congress-led central government signed the historic India-US nuclear deal to enhance the country’s power production.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit also spoke at the rally.