(Video) Lok Sabha elections: Sonia's TV appeal, a sign of desperation?

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New Delhi, April 15: The opposition calls it a show of desperation by a losing government, but the Congress calls it an appeal to the people to vote out 'divisive' forces.

In a surprise television appearance at 8:57 pm last night, the Congress President Sonia Gandhi, without naming BJP or Narendra Modi, said that her party is fighting divisive politics. She further said that her party is fighting this election to protect the " very heart and soul" of India from those who sought to change it and "divide the people of the country".

"We want unity. They want to impose uniformity. They say, ‘Just believe in Me'... Their vision, clouded with hatred and falsehood, their ideology, divisive and autocratic, will drive us to the ruination of our Bharatiyata, our Hindustaniyat," she said.

Her address was aired on all Hindi channels for exactly 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, an angry BJP siad,"We have been seeking votes on Bharatiyata. The Congress has been asking for votes for the dynasty (reference to the Gandhi family)".

Sonia Gandhi meeting party workers during an election rally

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi meeting party workers during an election rally at Paota in Jaipur district of Rajasthan on Monday.

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi being presented a memento

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi being presented a memento by Congress candidate from Ajmer Sachin Pilot (L) during an election rally at Paota in Jaipur district of Rajasthan on Monday.

Sonia Gandhi being welcomed by party candidate C.P Joshi

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi being welcomed by party candidate C.P Joshi during an election rally at Paota in Jaipur district of Rajasthan on Monday.

Sonia Gandhi at an election rally

Congress President Sonia Gandhi at an election rally for party candidate Begum Noor Bano in Moradabad on Monday.

Sonia Gandhi interacts with party workers during an election

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi interacts with party workers during an election rally at Paota in Jaipur district of Rajasthan on Monday.

Sonia Gandhi waves to the supporters

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi waves to the supporters during an election rally at Paota in Jaipur district of Rajasthan on Monday.

Sonia Gandhi being welcomed by party candidate

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi being welcomed by party candidate from Ajmer Sachin Pilot during an election rally at Pawta in Jaipur district of Rajasthan on Monday.

Sonia Gandhi waves to the supporters during an election rally

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi waves to the supporters during an election rally at Paota in Jaipur district of Rajasthan on Monday. Congress candidate from Ajmer Sachin Pilot (L) is also seen.

The Congress has pitched the elections as a battle ground between the communal and the secular ideologies. Off late, it had also come under attack from its allies, particularly the Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar, for not campaigning aggressively enough.

However, the campaign scenario has heated up in the past few days, with Sonia's son Rahul lashing out at Narendra Modi for not acknowledging his wife.

Italian-born Sonia touched the emotional chord of the people when she said,"Today I want to share with you what is in my heart, what makes me proud to be Indian, as each of you is a proud Indian. Our India is founded on certain core beliefs and values. It is these basic beliefs that have united all of us, diverse people, into one nation. I learnt these from you, as you made me one of your own."

She further added,"We are fighting in this election for a future where power is not the preserve of a select few, but exercised by the many. I ask each of you to think from your heart and decide what direction, what path you want our country to take."

While this is not something new in her rallies across the country, the fact that she is reaching out to a larger audience in their homes is something that the party has never done before. Should we call it her final attempt to seek votes?

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