Sonia attacks BJP, calls upon people to vote for Congress

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Behror(Alwar), Nov 26(UNI) Launching frontal attack on the BJP for making ''undue hue and cry'' on terrorism and its ''corrupt and bad governance'' in Rajasthan, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today called upon the voters to oust the saffron party and bring Congress back to power in the ensuing assembly elections.

Addressing her first election meeting in the ensuing assembly polls in the state, at Bhiteda near here, Ms Gandhi said the BJP Government in the state had never bothered about the miseries and concerns of the poor and down-trodden and wasted full five-year term in scams, irregularitities and corrupt practices.

She said ''the common man remained puzzled and disturbed but the rulers remained busy in setting new records in corruption in public life.'' In reference to Gujjar and Kisan agitations, the Congress Chief said the present govenment also failed in sensitive handling of law and order, leading to frequent breach of peace during various agitations, leading to violence and police firing which had taken a heavy toll.

She said instead of exhibiting sensitive handling of the situation the ruling party had opted the approach of ''divide and rule'', creating hatred and distrust among different communities.

She added that ''this had harmed our social unity and harmony'' but the state government has not bothered.

Praising the previous Gehlot Government in the state and present UPA Government at the Centre, Ms Gandhi said the Centre had been providing huge funds for Centre-sponsored welfare schemes but the BJP government had even failed to direct the funds for the benefit of the needy in the state.

She said, ''Centre has provided huge funds to the state but this government could not properly utilise the funds.'' Referring to various development and welfare schemes of the UPA government, including the farmers' loan waiver scheme and NREGS, Ms Gandhi said Manmohan Singh Government had been peforming very well, in transforming the country into an emerging world power.

Ms Gandhi also took strong exception to ''hue and cry'' being made by the BJP over terrorism, the Congress Supremo said the saffron party, during whose regime terrorists were escorted to safety and Parliament was attacked, had no moral authority to pay lip service over the issue.

She reiterated that terrorists had no religion or faith and should not be identified with particular religion or community. They should be dealt with, unitedly, by all of us, she added.

Ms Gandhi called upon the voters to draw comparison between the present BJP rule and the previous Congress government's performance and defeat the ''corrupt and insensitive government'' at the hustings.


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