If Modi becomes PM, BJP will split India, says Sonia

If Modi becomes PM, BJP will split India, says Sonia

All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday cautioned people against supporting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to help him become the next prime minister, alleging that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has hatched a  conspiracy to spilt the country on communal lines.

In her maiden and only poll campaign rally in Tamil Nadu, she said the BJP is caught in the hands of a single individual but the nation should not be left in the hands of Modi.

Hitting out at Modi, Sonia Gandhi said the BJP represented a dangerous combination of religious fanaticism, power and money and asked the country to reject the “ambition of that individual”.

Sonia’s visit to Kanniyakumari constituency, a traditional Congress bastion, is considered as the party’s only trump card to prevent it from drawing a blank in the April 24 Lok Sabha poll. Seeking votes for the Congress candidates contesting from Kanniyakumari, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Tenkasi seats, Sonia said “we have to fight the forces that want to divide India. It is a dangerous combination of religious fanaticism, power and money. Their intention is to divide the country on communal line and communal harmony is under threat under them. The country cannot progress in such a situation”.

Sonia said Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi “sacrificed their lives to safeguard the idea of India, the idea of secularism and diversity and equal opportunities to all sections of the society”. On the performance of UPA I and II governments, Sonia said Indian economy grew by 7.5 per cent despite difficult economic situation in other countries.

“India made a tremendous progress. We have managed to ensure growth of the economy. During the 10 years, 14 crore people have been lifted from poverty line,” she said.

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