Sonia addresses AICC meet

NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday addressed the crucial AICC meeting in the shadow of the Adarsh housing scam and the Commonwealth mess which have made the opposition to train their guns on the ruling party and several of its leaders.

The meeting is being held at the Talkatora stadium in New Delhi and is the first after party chief Sonia Gandhi’s recent re-election for a record fourth time.

Expressing anguish over deaths in Kashmir, Sonia Gandhi said, "We are faced with a new situation in Jammu and Kashmir, events of last few months are painful."

"I urge all those who are dissatisfied in J&K with the government to trust the government, give peace a chance and enable us to build future for them," she added.

The Congress president also said that the Allahabad High Court judgement in Ayodhya case in no way condones the demolition of Babri masjid.

"It was a shameful, criminal act and all those responsible must be brought to justice," she stressed

Although it is the first meeting of the AICC during the party’s 125th anniversary, the mood is far from celebratory in the wake of controversies, including the housing scam allegedly involving Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, whose fate is hanging in balance.

Opposition has also been targeting party MP Suresh Kalmadi, chairman of the Organising Committee of the Commonwealth Games, as also some Union ministers involved in alleged corruption in the organisation of the Games. A high-level probe is already on by former CAG V K Shunglu.

Pledging to fight communal and terrorist elements, the Congress today accused the RSS and its sister organisations of being involved in terrorist activities.

"Recent revelations through detailed investigations have exposed the true character of the RSS and its sister organisations. The investigations indicate the involvement of its members in terrorist activities," said an AICC statement circulated to members at the AICC Session here.

It said the party would fight "at any cost" communal and terrorist elements, whichever source they originate from that aim at destroying the national fabric.(Agencies)

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