New Delhi, April 6: Breaking her silence after months, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Saturday slammed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party for allegedly creating a situation where freedom of rights is being curbed, and people are being taught a lesson of patriotism by those who do not accept diversity of the country.

Addressing a political rally in the national capital on Friday, the senior Congress leader stated, "Today we are being taught a new definition of patriotism. Those who do not accept diversity are being called patriots." Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Sonia Gandhi Unhappy Over Congress Manifesto Layout. 

Gandhi even opined that the situation has become so tense that people are being forced to adopt the pressurised tactics and curbs on food habits and expression. She added, "Humse umeed ki ja rahi hai ki khaan paan pehnaave aur abhivyakti ki azaadi ke maamle mein kuch logon ki manmaani hum bardaasht karein."

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The Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will take place seven phases - beginning from April 11 to May 19. The results would be announced on May 23.

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