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Sonia rejects BJP charge of polarising votes

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday rejected the BJP charge that that she was polarizing elections, calling it “absolutely a joke
 Sonia GandhiRae Bareli: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday rejected the BJP charge that that she was polarizing elections, calling it “absolutely a joke”.

“We are not in the habit or in the game of polarising the elections,” she told reporters when asked about BJP’s charge of her playing communal politics.

The BJP accusation came against her against the backdrop of Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari meeting her with a delegation at her residence in Delhi yesterday during which she had favoured that secular should not be divided.

She reportedly told them that she had embraced politics after hesitation to help nurture the cause of secularism and appealed for a united move to stop the secular vote from splitting.

When told that BJP has said that she was trying to polarise the electorate, Gandhi retorted, “it is absolutely a joke. I can’t say more than that.”

Quick to grab the opportunity, BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Prakash Javdekar attacked Gandhi saying she was indulging in communal politics.

Gandhi, who filed her nomination papers from Rae Bareli constituency today, also called on some Muslim clerics at the Ali Mian dargah here.

About contesting from Rae Bareli, she said, “this is customary for us. We start from Gaya Prasad Dwivedi’s house in Rae Bareli. We file the nomination papers and then we come here to work.”

Asked what was special about Rae Bareli seat, she said, “It has been a tradition from Feroze Gandhi’s time and Indira Gandhi’s time. We are carrying it on.

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