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J&K polls: Some forces can shake hand with anyone for power, says Sonia

PTI 22 Nov 2014, 14:47:17 PM IST

Chanderkot (Ramban): Congress president Sonia Gandhi launched a veiled attack on BJP in poll-bound Jammu and Kashmir, saying some forces do not have any programmes and policies and can shake hand with "anyone for power".

Gandhi was apparently hinting at BJP for holding parleys with Kashmiri separatists.

Seeking votes from the people to "safeguard secularism" while addressing a poll rally here, Sonia on Friday said,"People should be cautious about the forces, which don't have any policies and programmes and can join hands with any one for vote-bank and power."

The Congress President alleged that BJP is "dividing the country" with its divisive politics.

"Congress is a cadre-based party, but BJP is selling everybody's properties in their names.

"They are dividing us on caste and creed, regional and religious lines. Who can understand this better than you. Those who do not have any programmes and policies, they can go to any extent to shake hands with anybody," she said.

"Therefore, you have to be cautious about these people engaged in divisive politics and it is the need of the time," Gandhi said.

"Congress is a party which takes everybody, including people of all religions, caste and creed on the path of development and fights for their rights," she said.

The Congress leader said that to fight communal forces her party had entered into alliance with the NC in the state.

"To defeat these communal forces, we formed a coalition government here. Some times there are clashes of ideas but after all we ensured development and fulfilment of our agenda," she said.

"Vote for the Congress for integration and secularism of the country," she added.

On November 10, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met former J&K separatist Sajjad Lone.