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Congress throws down the gauntlet

Thursday 30 March 2006, by KUMAR*Vinay

Singhvi dares any Opposition leader to contest against Sonia Gandhi

Party to keep "saga of sacrifice" alive till by-election dates are announced Mulayam Government is on its last legs

NEW DELHI: Upbeat over the rousing welcome the Congress president Sonia Gandhi received in Rae Bareli on her first visit to her Lok Sabha constituency after her resignation, the party on Wednesday dared any Opposition leader to contest against Ms. Gandhi.

Her resignation in the wake of the office of profit controversy was an act of selfless sacrifice in line with the ones made by former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. The party plans to keep the saga of sacrifice, courage of its chief and her principled stand in politics alive and maintain a high political temperature till the Election Commission announces dates for the Rae Bareli by-election.

Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi threw a challenge to "any leader of any political party of any stature", including rebel Bharatiya Janata Party leader Uma Bharti, to contest against Ms. Gandhi in Rae Bareli. "Those aspiring to contest against Ms. Gandhi will need to keep in mind the political history ranging from Indira Gandhi to Rajiv Gandhi to Sonia Gandhi which spans not only Rae Bareli and Amethi but also Chikmagalur, Medak and Bellary."

He said those who seek to `mislead’ the people about Ms. Gandhi were going to be victims of their own vicious propaganda.

The Congress spokesman compared Ms. Gandhi’s decision to quit the twin positions of MP and National Advisory Council chairperson and the conduct of the Jharkhand MLAs who took shelter in Rajasthan.

Turning to the former BJP president L.K. Advani’s proposed yatra, Mr. Singhvi described him as an "All India Nowhere Destination Traveller."

To a query on the fate of the NAC, he said the Council should not be attacked as it was a socially relevant body doing positive, constructive work.

He said though the Congress did not support the demand for imposing President’s rule in Uttar Pradesh, it was clear that "criminal elements had gained the upper hand in the State."

According to him the "Mulayam Singh Government is on its last legs and we are sure that the people will root it out in the Assembly elections."

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