Terror and communalism were a focal point on the opening day of the two-day conclave, with Sonia Gandhi condemning both majority and minority communalism. Rahul, however, chose to skirt any reference to communalism or terror in his address.
The Indian National Congress calls upon the government to tackle this menace in the strongest possible manner and investigate links between terrorists and the RSS and its sister organisations, that have been uncovered in some recent cases, said a resolution proposed by senior leader Pranab Mukherjee and seconded by Digvijaya Singh and others, including Rahul.
The gathering of over 15,000 Congress leaders unanimously adopted the resolution, after a five-hour discussion.
In his speech, Digvijaya Singh dragged in senior BJP leader L K Advani, saying his rath yatra had sown the seeds of Hindu-Muslim divide and was the cause for terrorism in the country. Mukherjee referred to Pune and other blasts where right-wing groups have been suspected of having played a role.
In her 30-minute address, Sonia said: The Congress party makes no distinction between organisations of the majority and of the minority communities who indulge in communalism and related acts of terrorism. They are all dangerous, they must all be defeated.