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There Will Be No Blood

A united, progressive alliance against terror: that's Congress strategy for Elections '09

There Will Be No Blood
Narendra Bisht
There Will Be No Blood
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"Only a party that respects the plurality of our traditions, that celebrates the diversity of our heritage...will fight terrorism," a belligerent Congress president Sonia Gandhi thundered from the stage at Delhi’s Ramlila Grounds on February 8. "The Congress," she went on to stress, "is the only such party." Launching the party’s campaign for the general elections scheduled to be held in April-May this year, she repeated what she has said at public rallies around the country in the last few weeks—whether in Jammu, Silvassa, Kochi or Jaipur: "India’s restraint must not be understood as weakness. Those who, from across the border, are aiding, abetting and encouraging terrorism in our country will be given a befitting reply."

Then, turning the BJP’s terror card on its head, she said, "Terrorism can be combated only if we are united as a society, and are one as a country. Parties that have a divisive agenda, parties that thrive on rejecting our diversities, parties whose sole objective is to polarise our people playing on religious sentiments, cannot be effective bulwarks against terrorism." As a final salvo, she said: "A party that has lost two of its beloved leaders at the hands of terrorists needs no certificate from anyone."

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