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Cong capable of fighting terror: PM
NEW DELHI, DEC 28 (IANS):
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Published on 29 Dec. 2009 12:03 AM IST
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday said the Congress government had the capacity to fight the challenges India is facing from terrorism, Maoist insurgency, communalism and regionalism. “The country needs the Congress government and the Congress government at the centre is capable of fighting terrorism and Naxalism efficiently,” Manmohan Singh said at a ceremony to lay the foundation stone of the party’s headquarters here. The Congress Monday began its yearlong celebrations to mark 125 years of its formation. The party will later shift to the new headquarters, the Indira Gandhi Bhavan at Kotla Road, named after the late prime minister. Its headquarters since 1978 has been at 24, Akbar Road. Manmohan Singh and party chief Sonia Gandhi laid the foundation stone of the Indira Gandhi Bhavan after hoisting the party flag. The prime minister said the Congress was ready to accommodate all shades of opinion within the framework of the Indian Constitution. “The Congress believes in the policies which unite and which are not divisive. Within the constitutional framework the Congress is prepared to accommodate all streams of thought,” he said. Advocating dialogue for solution to any issue, Manmohan Singh said: “The Congress believes that solution to every problem will come through talks.” He said the mission of the Congress started 125 years ago “has to be carried forward with renewed vigour”. “If Congress gets weak then India gets weak. Our duty is to make the Congress very strong and face the challenges.” The prime minister said the party “has gained strength under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi”. Sonia praises PM Congress president Sonia Gandhi Monday praised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for successfully leading the nation as one of the growing powers of the world. She was speaking here at the launch of the party’s yearlong 125th anniversary celebrations. “Manmohan Singh-ji is successfully leading the nation as a growing power with his experience and worth to new heights and has gained respect in the world,” Sonia Gandhi said in her address to a Congress rally. The Congress president said the party faced many difficulties after the death of former prime minister and her husband Rajiv Gandhi. “Even its (Congress’) future was being questioned. But we moved forward without compromising on our basic principles and got peoples’ mandate in the 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha elections,” she said, and credited “the success” to grassroots workers of the Congress. “I say it with certainty that Congress workers have hugely contributed to the success,” she said. Sonia Gandhi said the “Congress is for the nation, and people of the nation are looking towards the Congress”. She urged Congress activists to work for the poor and the people of the country. “We have to see what people in villages feel, we should carry our message to them and carry the government’s policies to them. Not for the elections but in a true spirit of serving them,” she said. Gandhi said the “legacies of our leaders are very rich” and the “strong foundations of the party” lay on them. “Now we have to lay the foundation for a new future of our party on these legacies,” she said amid much slogan shouting and applause.

 
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