Terrorists have no respect for religion : Sonia

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New Delhi, Oct 10 (UNI) Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said her party had always opposed the use of terror, whether by terrorists who give Islam a bad name or those, who by attacking India's minorities give Hinduism a bad name.

"Neither can be tolerated if India is to live up to its reputation as a secular and democratic republic," she said in her letter to Congresspersons published in the latest issue of "Congress Sandesh." Saying that the terrorists had no respect for religion, she said they attacked all the citizens of India. ''It is these citizens of India that the Congress party wants to applaud, our people who have refused to bow down to any terrorist threat." Ms Gandhi sid terrorism was not and could never be a solution to any grievances and it only led to further polarisation of society.

Congratulating Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on successfully completing the processes connected with the 123 agreement, she said India's entry into the nuclear club and its acceptance as a rising economic power were because the country represented an example of democratic growth coupled with economic growth with increasing equity.

"This has been the Congress Party's guiding principle," Ms Gandhi said, while pointing out that "For our young people who dream of India as a country capable of fulfilling a responsible international role in the future, it is imperative to guard against ideologies that malign the ethos of our pluralist culture." Claiming that the Party was fully geared up to win the future elections, the Congress President asked the party cadres to remember that "the party comes above all and its ideology and goals must guide you to work unitedly for the party's victory." UNI SH RP AS1835

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