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Rajiv sacrificed his life fighting for Tamils in Sri Lanka: Sonia

UPA Chairperson outlined Congress' commitment to "solve" their problems

Press Trust of India  |  Kanyakumari (TN) 

Rajiv sacrificed his life fighting for Tamils in Sri Lanka: Sonia
Sonia Gandhi

Dismissing as "false propaganda" that was not concerned about Tamils in Sri Lanka, today raised the emotional issue of her husband Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, saying the former prime minister sacrificed his life "fighting" for them.

Addressing her maiden rally in Tamil Nadu, Gandhi also attacked the Government, virtually charging it with adopting a lethargic approach to the initiative taken by the on fishermen level talks to end the recurring attacks on fishermen from the state.

"I am aware that some political parties accuse us that we have not done anything for Tamils in I want to ask them is there any party other than which has done more for the Sri Lankan Tamils," she said.

Gandhi said her husband had "sacrificed his life fighting for the brothers and sisters in I want to ask which political party has done this."

Former Prime Minister was assassinated at an rally by an LTTE suicide bomber in Sriperumbudur on May 21, 1991.

is contesting all 39 Lok Sabha seats in the state on its own.

The Chairperson insisted that her party had been striving for welfare of Sri Lankan Tamils and outlined Congress' commitment to "solve" their problems.

All political parties in the state including DMK, which had parted ways with over the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils, have been accusing Congress of doing little on the emotive issue.

Gandhi urged people not to believe in such "false propaganda".

First Published: Wed, April 16 2014. 18:02 IST