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Rahul slams opposition for ‘alienating’ some Indians

Rahul slams opposition for ‘alienating’ some Indians
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First Published: Thu, Apr 02 2009. 01 00 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Apr 02 2009. 08 37 PM IST
Aizawl: All India Congress Committee general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday slammed opposition parties for “alienating” some citizens of the country.
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While addressing an election rally, he alleged the opposition parties believed “certain types of Indians from certain parts of India are more Indian than the others”.
The Congress, on the other hand, believes every Indian has the same value and “our strength comes from respecting different cultures, religion and people”, Gandhi said.
He emphasized there must be space in the country for every citizen irrespective of which part of the country or which religion, creed or caste he belonged to.
Describing Mizoram as one of the most peaceful states in the country, he said the people of the state are happy due to the “long-lasting peace made during the tenure of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi”.
Thanking the people of Mizoram for giving resounding victory to the Congress in the state Assembly elections in December and the recent village council elections, the party star campaigner appealed the people to ensure the Congress win in the coming parliamentary polls too.
— PTI
Congress reshuffles Andhra Pradesh, Assam party in-charge
New Delhi: Congress on Thursday effected a minor reshuffle in the All India Congress Committe by making Vayalar Ravi the party in-charge of Andhra Pradesh and K. Keshava Rao the in-charge of Assam.
M. Veerappa Moily, who was in charge of both these states, is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Karnataka.
The charge of Moily as the chief of the AICC media department has gone to general secretary Janardan Dwivedi.
Party sources said it was a “temporary” allocation of assignments.
— PTI
Tytler clean chit ‘shocking’, exposes Congress ‘hypocrisy’: BJP
New Delhi: The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) clean chit to former Union minister Jagdish Tytler in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case has “shaken the faith of the common man” and “exposed the hypocrisy of Congress”.
“The news of Jagdish Tytler being given a clean chit is really shocking. It has shaken the faith of the common man in the judicial system in the one hand and the CBI on the other,” said party spokesperson Balbir Punj.
Thousands of innocent Sikhs were killed in the wake of the tragic assassination of former prime minister Indira Gandhi and the system has not been able to give justice to the riot victims, he said.
“This entire episode has exposed the hypocrisy of Congress. While the prime minister has apologised for and regretted the tragic anti-Sikh incidents of 1984, the party has been rewarding the very people who are suspected to have masterminded that,” he said.
The whole episode has brought to light the “insensitivity” of the establishment led by United Progressive Alliance, Punj said.
— PTI
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First Published: Thu, Apr 02 2009. 01 00 PM IST