Lucknow, July 26: Citing the example of Punjab where peace was restored after a long period of militancy, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said there was a "lot of anger" in India which should be brought down and the country should move forward by taking all sections along.
"India is a thought...youths make it, you make it. We have to include everyone and move forward," the Congress leader said in Amethi as he praised paramilitary force CPRF's efforts to restore peace in restive areas of the country.
He spoke of how a Khalistan supporter, also an MLA, joined political mainstream in Punjab after peace was restored in the once militancy-wrecked state.
Rahul Gandhi at a CRPF function
Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi at a CRPF function in Amethi on Thursday.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi leaves by a chopper after attending a CRPF function in Amethi on Thursday.
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Aicc Vice president Rahul Gandhi arrives for conclave of party spokespersons at Jawahar Bhavan in New Delhi.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi with his sister Priyanka Vadra during a visit to his constituency Amethi.
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Congress President Sonia Gandhi along with Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Defence Minister A K Antony during the meeting of party chief ministers and state unit chiefs on Food Security roll out , at 10 Janpath in New Delhi.
Addressing a function on the occasion of foundation laying ceremony of CRPF training centre at Trishundi, the Congress Vice President said that due to peace in the presence of CRPF and "Congress, Akali giving him a place in the political system", the Khalistan supporter's anger came down and he joined political mainstream.
"There is a lot of anger in the country. It has to be brought down" as was done in Punjab, Gandhi said.
The Congress leader said that CRPF played an important role in bringing normalcy in Punjab. He regretted that only 30-40 per cent CRPF personnel get housing facility and added that jawans say that they were not afraid of fighting for the country, but of the hardships to their families.
Rahul said that jawans of this force were fighting on two fronts - "terrorists and for their family". "I want to tell Shindeji that whatever can be done for the families of the jawans, should be done," he said.
Kanchan, wife of CRPF jawan Rajiv Kumar Yadav, and Savitri Devi, wife of Vinod Kumar Yadav, who were killed in Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh in April 2010, were also honoured on the occasion.