New York, Oct 3 : Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staged a protest against the Congress Party Chief Sonia Gandhi in front of the United Nations, where she was addressing the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
Sonia Gandhi, addressed the UN General Assembly, as the world body deiced to celebrate the October 2, birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi as the 'International Day of Non-Violence".
The protestors said Sonia Gandhi failed to embody the characteristics represented by iconic freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi.
"We believe that she is most unqualified, most unfit person to represent Mahatma Gandhi because she has nothing in common. In this country people believe that she is related with Mahatma Gandhi, but she is not related with Mahatma Gandhi," said Narain Kataria, a protestor.
“Mahatma Gandhi was a Hindu she is not a Hindu. Mahatma Gandhi was from India. She is not from India she was born in Italy. Mahatma Gandhi was embodiment of truth and non-violence and everybody respects him and she does not believe in truth because she has spoken several lies," Kataria added.
The protestors also criticised the leader for the controversial the Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project.
"Everyone knows how Mahatma Gandhi was taking the name of Lord Rama before his death. She is taking Ram away from India. This is totally unacceptable to all," said Arish Sahani, another protestor.
Hindu groups are opposing the 560 million dollars Sethusamudram project, saying it would destroy the 'holy' Ram Sethu.
Meanwhile, Sonia Gandhi lauded the UN for the tribute paid to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
She said that the core of Mahatma's philosophy was centered on the belief that strength came from righteousness.
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in his remarks at the informal General Assembly Plenary meeting on the first observance of the International Day of Non-Violence said, “The legacy of Mahatma Gandhi summed up the hopes of the founders of the world body that the organization could help stop violence by spreading a culture of peace, promoting tolerance and advancing human dignity."