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Quit India debate: Secularism, free speech in danger now, alleges Sonia

Sonia described contributions of Congress, Nehru towards Quit India movement in her Lok Sabha speech

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Sonia Gandhi
Congress President Sonia Gandhi | Photo: PTI

president on Wednesday made a veiled dig at the BJP-led wondering whether the "forces of darkness" were trying to destroy the roots of as "clouds of hate and division" were hovering over secular and egalitarian values.

She used her speech in the during a special discussion on the Quit movement to underline the contributions of the and Jawaharlal Nehru to the landmark episode in India's struggle for independence and also attacked the ruling BJP, accused by her party of communalism.


"We will not allow the idea of to be a prisoner to narrow mindedness and communal ideology. Today it looks secularism and free speech is in danger. If we have to preserve freedom, we'll have to defeat forces endangering it. We can't and we won't allow sectarian forces to succeed," she said.

People have to fight for the they believe in, which is loved by one and all and which was envisioned by the fighters, she said.

It should not be forgotten, she said, that there were people and organisations which had opposed the Quit movement and made no contribution to the country's

Though she did not name any party or leader in her attack, organisation RSS, the ideological mentor of the BJP, appeared to be Gandhi's target, as the has often accused it of playing no role in the movement, a charge denied by it.

First Published: Wed, August 09 2017. 14:04 IST
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