Anti-Sonia demonstration held near UN building

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New York, Oct 3 (UNI) United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has to face a strong protest from a section of the Indian-American community here under the banner of 'Saving Gandhi Heritage,' shortly after the conclusion of her speech in the UN General Assembly.

The demonstrators were protesting against Ms Gandhi representing India at a function to makr the International Day of Non-Violence on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

''We've people coming from Florida, Illinois, Georgia and Arizona, besides neighboring states of New Jersey and Connecticut, Narain Kataria, one of the organizers, told UNI. Kataria is head of the Indian-American Intellectuals Forum, which helped stage the demonstration.

The scheduled protest, held between noon and 2 pm (local time) yesterday near the UN building, drew about 250 people.

The protest was on the other hand condemned by Dr Surinder S Malhotra, president of the Indian National Overseas Congress (USA).

''She is the most fitting person to represent India's more than 1 billion people, he told UNI.

A demonstration was also held to protest Ms Gandhi's speech at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Union Square at Manhattan in New York.


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