Rahul blames BJP for attacks against North East students

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 18, 2014 10:39 hrs

Hapoli (Arunachal Pradesh): Days after he attacked BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi over the 2002 riots issue, Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday alleged that BJP's "divisive" policy was responsible for spoiling the country's secular fabric and incidents of hate crime.

He stressed that unlike BJP, Congress' ideology was to unite the people and work for their progress irrespective of caste, creed and religion.

"The opposition wants to divide the people on political and religious lines, but we want to surge ahead for peace, progress and prosperity of people irrespective of their reigion," he said starting his party's poll campaign for the April 9 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state.

Gandhi said that the religion-based ideology of the saffron party "has spoilt the secular nature of the country resulting in racial discrimination against the people from the Northeast" and referred to the January 29 murder of Arunachal student Nido Taniya in New Delhi.

Rahul said that Taniya had been killed because of ill feelings nursed against people of the Northeast.

"Arunachal Pradesh being a part of India, its people should enjoy equal privileges in every state of the country. Racial discrimination should be rooted out completely and Congress is committed to this," he said.

Rahul said that people of Arunachal and other Northeastern states should not feel neglected in other states of the country. "India is for everybody and we get strength from each state of the country. Every state is like a flower which together make up a bouquet," he said.

In his sharpest attack on Modi over the post-Godhra riots, Gandhi had on Sunday dismissed talk of a clean chit to the Gujarat Chief Minister as "politically expedient" but "far too premature" and had demanded "legal accountability" for the "clear and inexcusable failure" of governance during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

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