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VHP President Singhal charges Sonia Gandhi of spoiling Hindu culture

December 25, 2010 - Aurangabad

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) President Ashok Singhal has accused Congress President Sonia Gandhi of spoiling the Hindu culture and creating differences of among religions in the country.

"Sonia ji has come here, a foreign woman, who came here by becoming wife of Rajiv Gandhi (former Prime Minister), but she has come to India to resolve some purpose. She came here to create differences in religion of the country," Singhal said at a rally organised by the VHP here on Friday.

Scores of Hindu activists took part in Friday's rally to pressurize the Central Government into clearing hurdles in the construction of the temple.

Speaking on the occasion, Singhal also slammed Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi for his recent remarks on Hindu terror released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks.

"When it has been said (by Rahul Gandhi) that saffron terrorism is there in the country, I would say people wearing saffron cloths are symbol of sacrifice, love, peace and harmony. They are symbol of world peace. It is really sad to hear that these kinds of holy men were insulted," he said.

According to a secret US diplomatic cable from New Delhi released by WikiLeaks, at a luncheon hosted by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh at his residence in July 2009, Rahul Gandhi was asked by the US ambassador about LeT's activities in the region and immediate threat to India, to which he said there was evidence of some support for the group among certain elements in India's indigenous Muslim community, the cable notes.

"However, Gandhi warned, the bigger threat may be the growth of radicalised Hindu groups, which create religious tensions and political confrontations with the Muslim community," the cable says.


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