Kisanganj: Congress President Sonia Gandhi today accused the BJP of spreading ‘hatred of communalism’ for the sake of power and ‘hurting’ the ideology of Mahatama Gandhi.
“They are bent on hurting the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi which taught us religious tolerance and brotherhood among all communities,” the Congress President said reminding that today was ‘Martyr’s day’ when Gandhiji was assassinated by a ‘fanatic’.
“For the sake of the chair they are breaking age-old Ganga-Yamuna culture of the country and spreading communal hatred in society,” Gandhi told a Congress rally after inaugurating a campus of the Aligarh Muslim University.
During her 10 minute speech, she said that communal forces were trying to fool the people through lofty talks, while the Congress always worked hard to strengthen the foundation of secularism in the country.
Amid a war of words between Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the Congress in the past two days over an invitation to the AMU function, Gandhi said the UPA government had always been kind toward the state and allocated Rs 134 lakh crore for its development in the last 10 years.
Union HRD minister M M Pallam Raju, Congress General Secretary and in-charge of Bihar Affairs C P Joshi, PCC chief Ashok Chaudhary and Kisanganj Congress Lok Sabha member Asrarul Haque were present on the dais.
Gandhi said the Congress always worked for the welfare of the minorities.
“We implemented most of the recommendations of the Sachar Committee report and set up a corporation for development of wakf board properties,” she said.
The literacy rate among minorities had gone up through modern education provided in madarsas,the Congress President said.
Gandhi listed the good work of the Congress-led ruling alliance and referred to the food law, Lokpal, MGNREGA and RTI.
She pointed to several initiatives taken by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh government for improving women’s health and for empowering them.
The UPA chairperson reached Kisanganj over an hour late because of inclement weather. After landing at the Chunapur Air Force base in Purnia she took a helicopter to Kisanganj.
She laid the foundation stone of the new centre of AMU at Chakla village on the western flank of Kisanganj along the river Mahananda.
Gandhi called Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar before she laid the foundation stone.
The Kisanganj campus to be built on 224 acre provided free by the Bihar government would be the third such centre after West Bengal and Kerala outside Aligarh.
Governor D Y Patil and AMU Vice-Chancellor Zameer Uddin Shah were present at the ceremony.