Sonia describes BJP Govt. in Gujarat as 'anti-people'
Asserting that there is large-scale corruption in Gujarat, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday described the Narendra Modi-led BJP government as anti-people.
Addressing a rally in Siddhpur in poll-bound Gujarat, Sonia said: "According to news reports, wrong-doings are going on in Gujarat. We have known about CAG reports (talking about corruption). There is largescale corruption in Gujarat."
Urging voters to give a courageous and befitting reply to the BJP government's false, and dictatorial government, Sonia said: "We have to change Gujarat and bring it back to the right path of development. We will strive to come to power to achieve this. People will give a befitting reply to this anti- people government."
She also hit out at the BJP government for ignoring the minorities and not paying attention to problems being faced by the farmers in the state.
She further said at one hand state government was selling 835 megawatt power to other states for making money and the other hand above lakhs of farmers are without power connection.
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who also campaigned in Gujarat on Sunday, appealed to the voters of Gujarat to get rid of politicians indulging in divisive politics.
"We don't indulge in politics of dividing the society like the opposition parties... Such politics cannot benefit any political party for a longer period. Time has come that you people should rid Gujarat of such politics and don't let such people come to power who try to get votes by dividing our society and country," he said while addressing a rally in Vansada.
Dr. Singh further said the public health sector was not in a good state in Gujarat and new employment opportunities for the youth were also not being generated.
"Development in Gujarat is only for a few people. A big portion of the population here has remained untouched by this economic development. Because of the policies of the state government, there is an imbalance in the society," he said.
However, rebutting Dr. Singh's charges, Modi accused him of playing votebank politics.
"The Prime Minister is playing votebank politics in the name of minority and majority (communities). It is sad that the Prime Minister of the country cannot rise above votebank politics," Modi said, addressing a rally in Valsad in south Gujarat on Sunday.
Gujarat will go to the polls in two phases on December 13 and 17. The counting of votes will take place on December 20.