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Sonia says Rajiv died for the Tamils

2014 Apr 21

Congress President Sonia Gandhi says her husband Rajiv Gandhi, who was killed by the LTTE, had sacrificed his life while fighting for “our brothers and sisters” in Sri Lanka.

Shas said that the Congress-led government has throughout stood up for the rights of Sri Lankan Tamils and has been in the forefront to protect the needs of the Indian fishermen, the Business Standard in India reported.

Speaking in Kanyakumari, in her first visit to the State after the Lok Sabha elections announced, she attacked the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) government and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and put forward promises including Right to free medical care, Right to Shelter, Right to Pention, among others. She said that during the 10 years of UPA government, the economy of the country grew by 7.5 per cent on an average.

Commenting on the criticism of the political parties in Tamil Nadu that Congress has did nothing for the Tamilians in Sri Lanka, she said, “I want to ask them, is there any party, which has done more than the Congress party for the Sri Lankan Tamils? Rajiv Gandhi sacrificed his life while fighting for our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka. ”

The party has been unwavering in its commitment to the Tamilians in Sri Lanka and the Congress-led government has throughout stood up for their rights of the Sri Lankan Tamils. Since 2009, the government has extended every kind of assistance, every kind of support, for the resettlement of internally displaced persons, for housing, for education, for connectivity and for economic revival. She urged the people, not to be mislead by the false propaganda by its opponents.

Similarly, the Congress government has been in the forefront to protect the needs of Indian fishermen and has taken initiative to get the arrested Indian fishermen released and recover their boats.

“And it is only due to our efforts that fishermen of both the countries, of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka, were able to meet in January this year, to discuss together, how to find solutions to their problems. I can tell you that it took considerable time and effort to obtain the concurrence of the AIADMK government here to allow for this meeting,” she added.

She added that leaders like Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi sacrificed their lives to safeguard the idea of India, which is as a country that stands on the side of secularism, of diversity, of equal opportunity, of reservation for the Dalits, the Scheduled Caste and Tribes and other backward classes, for the minotories, women and children.


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