Talking informally to media people after the inauguration of National Media Centre, Gandhi also expressed hope that the food security bill will be passed in the monsoon session of parliament.

Asked if UPA-III (United Progressive Alliance-III) will be a reality, she said: "Yes, of course, 100 percent."

To a question about the possibility of early general elections, she said: "Our aim is to go till the end (of the government's tenure)." Asked about the food security bill which is pending despite government efforts for its passage, Gandhi said: "We are hopeful it will be passed."

The United Progressive Alliance government, now in its second term, has been facing intense criticism from the opposition on issues related to price rise, the falling value of the rupee and corruption.  The term of the UPA-II government will end in May next year.

Media's watchdog role welcome: Sonia

Sonia Gandhi said that well-intentioned criticism of the policies of the government by the media was welcome, for the media played an important watchdog function.

She said that there is a need to highlight shortcomings in government policies and the media needs to be ‘the government's enemy.’

"We welcome the watchdog role of the media," Sonia Gandhi said, adding that it has strengthened democracy.

Sonia anguished over Mumbai gang-rape incident
Sonia Gandhi on Saturday expressed anguish over the gruesome gang-rape of a 23-year-old photojournalist in Mumbai. "It is a heinous crime. I am saddened and pained over the gang-rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai," she said.
The victim, an intern with an English magazine was allegedly gang-raped by five men on Thursday evening when she and her male colleague went to the deserted Shakti Mills compound in Lower Parel area of Mumbai for taking photographs in connection with a story.


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