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Sonia Gandhi meets President Pranab Mukherjee, raises issue of growing ‘intolerance’

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday met President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and, reportedly, drew his attention towards growing intolerance in the country.

While no details of the meeting, which has now ended, are available so far, the Congress president, along with senior leaders and MPs, was expected to tell the President about the growing concern over the issue of intolerance and urge him to advice the government to act firmly.

Congress leaders were also expected to take out a march to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, sources had said.

The meeting between the Congress leader and the President lasted for about an hour.

Expressing her concern over rising intolerance, Sonia Gandhi had at a function here on Saturday vowed to fight the “diabolical design” of divisive forces to spread hatred, which posed a threat to the unity of the country.

“Organisations and people of a particular ideology are spreading it to divide people. We are under no illusion that it is an accident. The hate, violence and petty mindedness is being unleashed as part of a pre-determined plan. We will not allow such a diabolical design to succeed…It will shake country’s foundations… We are ready to fight the battle,” she had said.

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