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Cong to take attack plea to Advani

New Delhi, Aug. 30: The Congress plans to address a letter to deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani, demanding an inquiry and action against those responsible for yesterday’s violence outside Sonia Gandhi’s residence.

General secretaries of the All India Congress Committee gathered at Sonia’s residence today to take stock of the situation. Congress leaders expressed dismay over the Vajpayee government’s “indifference” towards a “serious security lapse”. Sonia and Congress functionaries took a serious view of the incident and discussed various options to register their protest.

The party decided to send a written communication to Advani, seeking action against BJP Mahila Morcha activists who gathered “unlawfully” outside 10 Janpath. It also wants an explanation as to how the house of an “SPG protectee” (read Sonia Gandhi) was allowed to be attacked. Congress leaders claimed that there was no police “bandobast (arrangements)” to deal with the protesters.

On their part, the Congress denied the BJP charge that some of its Youth Congress activists had attacked the BJP headquarters at Ashoka Road.

The official Congress line is that two cars belonging to the Youth Congress leaders were passing through the road when BJP “goons” attacked them. The Congress workers managed to flee but their car, a Maruti Zen, was severely damaged.

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