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Sonia vows to defeat terrorism

Silvassa (Dadra & Nagar Haveli): Vowing to defeat terrorism, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday warned that any attempt by Pakistan to weaken the country or harm its unity would be given “a befitting reply.”

“India’s identity is that all religions and communities co-exist in harmony. Our neighbour wants to weaken this strength of ours but they do not know that we can give a befitting reply to their every design,” Ms. Gandhi said at a public rally here, in an obvious reference to Pakistan. She said the neighbouring country wanted to destroy our unity and brotherhood. “Terrorism is a big challenge before the country but would be met. We will defeat terrorism,” she said.

In an apparent reference to attacks on migrants in neighbouring Maharashtra, Ms. Gandhi praised people of the Dadra and Nagar Haveli for “loving and accepting outside workers” who came to work in the Union Territory. She also credited the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government with shielding people from the “oil shock.” “We would continue to work for the aam aadmi [common man],” she said, highlighting the price cuts of Rs. 10 a litre for petrol, Rs. 4 for diesel and Rs. 25 per LPG cylinder in the last two months.

The UPA government signed the historic nuclear pact with the U.S. to provide a cheap and quality source of power to people in urban and rural areas, Ms. Gandhi said. — PTI

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