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Friday, August 31, 2012

Sonia Gandhi: Any Indian can stay anywhere in the country

Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi called for strong action against those who are trying to harm the social harmony in the country. She also said that the ethnic clashes in the state of Assam was a matter of great sorrow and concern.
"Whatever happened in Assam is a matter of great sorrow and concern. Quick and strong action should be taken against those responsible for the incident, whoever they are," Sonia Gandhi said addressing a function to confer the 20th Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhawana Award in Delhi.
Sonia Gandhi further said that all sections of society should condemn what happened in some states against the people of northeast after the ethnic clashes in Assam. "The central and the state governments should take stern action against those who are spoiling the harmony," she said noting that maintaining social amity was one of the biggest challenges before the country in the present circumstances.
Sonia Gandhi underlined that the people of the country living anywhere have all the right to reside and work in any part of the country. The Congress leader also said that the biggest challenge before the country since Independence has come from elements, who are enemies of social harmony and unity and only those are true patriots who fought such elements and promoted social solidarity.
Giving the award to DR Mehta, the founder and chief patron of Jaipur based Bhagwan Mahavir Vikalang Sahayata Samiti, Sonia Gandhi said Rajiv Gandhi always fought against social and communal tensions and hatred. "Social harmony was not an issue but the basic value for him," said Sonia Gandhi. 

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