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UTTAR PRADESH

Rae Bareli backs Sonia move

Friday 24 March 2006

Lucknow: The people of Rae Bareli on Thursday came out onto the streets shouting pro-Sonia Gandhi slogans after her resignation was announced.

Equating her with former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, they gathered at the Rae Bareli Congress office and staged a demonstration in her support.

"The people of Rae Bareli are not unhappy with the decision...in fact they are happy she has taken the wind out of the Opposition’s sails," said Uttar Pradesh Congress chief spokesperson A.P. Singh. The U.P. Congress welcomed her move and claimed it would force the Opposition to rethink its strategy. "After refusing the post of PM, her latest decision proves she is not after posts," it said. -

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