Gandhi recalled her party leaders in the state who were killed in a deadly Maoist attack in May this yea. She said: "So many people were killed in the Naxal violence. My colleagues in Congress sacrificed their life. We are today feeling their absence in a big way today."
Observers felt Gandhi was trying to strike an emotional chord with local people in an effort to help her party return in the state where the BJP has been ruling for a decade now.
Gandhi also took a dig at the opposition BJP, saying the Congress party doesn't just engage in talks but also delivers on what it promises.
She said the UPA's focus is on "development with pro-poor face" and rued that despite the presence of schemes like MNREGA to check distress migration in search of livelihood, people of Chhattisgarh are compelled to go out of the state. She also accused the BJP of indulging in "divisive" politics.
Gandhi said the UPA government has given employment to the poorest of the poor and also ensured the right to food through the food security scheme.
(With PTI inputs)