"Gandhi has been raising the issue of corruption in her public speeches everywhere be it in Rajkot, Mangalore, Haryana or even today in Mandi (Himachal Pradesh).... What has she done on the 2G spectrum scam? And Sheila Dikshit is still the Chief Minister of Delhi despite a Prime Minister appointed Committee indicting her.
"We have not heard a word from Gandhi on her stand on black money or coalgate," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said after the Congress president took on the ruling BJP as she kickstarted assembly election campaign in Himachal Pradesh. "At the Burari Meet (of the Congress), she gave a five point diktat on fighting corruption," the spokesperson said.
The opposition party alleged that while Gandhi speaks about corruption, Congress and UPA have done virtually nothing to deal with it. It alleged that while the issue of corruption has reached the doorstep of Sonia Gandhi, she only adds questions to the script of her speeches and does not provide any answers and clarifications.
"Her script-writer gives her the same speech everywhere," Sitharaman said. The party also alleged that Gandhi has not responded to questions on the allegations levelled against Robert Vadra, and on issues like Aircel-Maxis Deal, ISRO-Dewas and the Commonwealth Games and other scams and hit out at her for sharing the dais with state Congress chief Virbhadra Singh.
"Today (at Mandi) she was sharing the dais with a former union minister- Virbhadra Singh- who is facing prosecution charges in a corruption case while another accusation has come up against him. And now there is third case exposed by a media house," Sitharaman said, adding Singh had quit the Cabinet when charges of corruption came up against him.
BJP alleged that the problems in Himachal Pradesh have been caused due to the "step-motherly" treatment of the Congress-led UPA government towards the state.