Secular forces must unite against divisive forces: Congress

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 09:00 hrs

Jaipur, Jan 20 (IANS) The Congress Sunday here appealed to the country's secular forces to join its ideological battle against the divisive forces in the society and condemned the opposition's "obscurantist philosophies".

The draft Jaipur Declaration, being debated by the All India Congress Committee delegates here, "calls on all secular and progressive forces of the country to unite in this ideological battle against those who polarise and divide our society."

"The Congress rejects the outdated ideologies and obscurantist philosophies of the opposition parties and recommits itself to the principles of economic growth and social justice which have come to define the inclusive growth model of the Congress-led UPA government," said the draft declaration.

The draft declaration has emerged from the two days of brainstorming (Jan 18-19) by cabinet ministers and party leaders at a brainstorming session, 'Chintan Shivir', to draw a roadmap for the 2014 general elections.

The Congress rejected opposition's ideologies and said it was committed to economic growth which led to social welfare defining the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government's model of inclusive growth.

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