Congress march to Prez on intolerance; Sonia accuses PM Modi of silence

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New Delhi, Nov 3: Congress President Sonia Gandhi today took to the streets and led a march of its top leaders to Rashtrapati Bhavan to protest against the climate of growing intolerance in the country and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "endorsing" incidents of hate.

Covering a distance of more than a kilometre from the Gandhi statue in Parliament to the Presidential estate on the Raisina Hill, Gandhi led a delegation to President Pranab Mukherjee and handed over a memorandum against "fear, intolerance and pressure tactics" orchestrated by some organisations.

Congress march to Prez on intolerance; Sonia accuses PM Modi of silence.
"Whatever incidents are happening in the country today are part of a well thought-out strategy being adopted deliberately to divide our society," she told reporters quoting from the memorandum given to the President.

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The Congress President said what was happening in the country was a matter of deep concern to every Indian and the President has already made clear his views on them.

"But the Prime Minister is silent. It clearly indicates that he endorses all these incidents," said Gandhi, who was flanked by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, leaders of the party in Parliament Mallikarjun Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad, besides Rahul Gandhi and A K Antony.

Gandhi said some outfits linked to the government and some of them part of the government are indulging in acts that are an assault on the multi-coloured culture and fundamental ideas of the society and are fuelling intolerance.

"The Congress party will fight these forces with all its strength," she said.

PTI

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