Congress committed to protect all sections of the society: Sonia

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Mangalore, May 13 (UNI) Congress Supremo Sonia Gandhi today said that the Congress party was committed to protect interests of all sections of the society.

Addressing an election rally here, she said, "Congress was striving for protecting the interests of all sections of the society".

Ms Gandhi said that if her party was voted to power in Karnataka it would provide a five-year stable government as had provided in the Centre.

Alleging that the previous BJP-JD(S) coalition government had ruined the State, she said that the 20-month coalition government in Karnataka not only de railed the progress of the State but also involved in several scandals.

Taking serious exception over BJP criticising Congress for not effectively tackling the terror activities, she said the saffron party was responsible for the growth of terrorism and it was during NDA regime when External Minister Jeswant Singh shamelessly took hardcore terrorists to Khandhar.

Listing out various welfare schemes launched by the UPA government, including the 'historic' Rs 60,000 crore loan waiver for farmers, National Rural Employment, Women Empowerment programme, special thrust on education, Ms Gandhi assured that similar programmes would be included in the Karnataka budget if her party was voted to power.

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