Sonia Gandhi, Congress President (screen grab courtesy: India Today)
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New Delhi:

“Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi never used his powers to create an atmosphere of fear or to destroy the freedom and liberty of the people in the country,” said Sonia Gandhi, interim congress president.

She attacked the central government, a day after the arresting of P. Chidambaram by CBI.

“Rajiv Gandhi came to power in 1984 but he never used power to create an atmosphere of fear or to destroy the freedom and liberty of the people. He never used his power to put the principles of democracy in danger,” she said at an event to celebrate the 75th birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister.

“There are those who are busy in inventing a new past for us. Rajiv Gandhi was inventing a new future. To him, past had to be understood in all its complexities to building pride and not prejudice, to strengthen social harmony and not fuel antagonism and polarise our society,” she said.

“The party must continue its struggle “against forces of divisiveness and those opposing the idea of India,” she added.

“He (Rajiv Gandhi) was proud of our past. But at the same time, he held a firm conviction that India had to be a modern nation anchored in reason and scientific temper in which obscurantism has no place,” the Congress leader added.

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