Ahmed Patel's victory is symbolic of Congress' fight against communalism, says Meira Kumar

Kolkata: Former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar on Wednesday hailed the victory of Ahmed Patel in Rajya Sabha polls from Gujarat, saying it is a symbol of the Congress' fight against "communal forces" all over India.

"In the last three years, communalism has emerged as a serious threat that the country is facing. There are forces who are promoting communalism. Congress is the bulwark in the fight against them.

File image of Meira Kumar. AFP

File image of Meira Kumar. AFP

"Congress is the force which is fighting and stopping the spread of communalism and this (Ahmed Patel's) victory in Rajya Sabha is symbolic of that fight," Kumar told reporters here without taking the name of the BJP.

"It is good that Congress has won. They (BJP) tried very hard and wanted to make it unfair... The Congress won and the whole country now knows what kind of devious methods they (BJP) have used," she said.

Addressing a programme commemorating the 75th anniversary of 'Quit India Movement', Kumar said, "Congress is fighting all over the country against the threat of communalism. We will never allow anybody to divide our society or spread communalism in our country."

Kumar was Opposition parties' nominee in the presidential election held in July and she lost to BJP-led NDA's candidate Ram Nath Kovind.


Updated Date: Aug 10, 2017 10:05 AM

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