WITH the chorus against “rising intolerance” in the country growing, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in a veiled reference to the ruling BJP-led government, Saturday said people of a “particular ideology” were spreading hatred to divide people and that all of this was part of a “predetermined plan”. She said that her party would not allow “such a diabolical design” to succeed.
“Organisations and people of a particular ideology are spreading it to divide people. We are under no illusion that it is an accident. The hate, violence and petty mindedness is being unleashed as part of a predetermined plan. We will not allow such a diabolical design to succeed… It will shake the country’s foundation.
We are ready to fight the battle,” Sonia said at a ceremony where she presented the 29th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration to Gandhian social activist P V Rajagopal. Rajagopal has been credited with persuading dacoits in Chambal valley to give up arms in 1970s.
“Today, our legacy is under threat. We are known to the world by our unity in diversity,” Sonia said. She added that had former prime minister Indira Gandhi been alive, she would have wanted the party to fight for the common man’s cause.
The Congress president also highlighted the importance of the public sector, saying that Indira understood that the cause of the people and national integration would be better served through it. Speaking on the occasion, former PM Manmohan Singh hailed Rajagopal’s efforts, which are said to have led to surrender of more than 500 dacoits.