Modi takes on Sonia, says Congress defaming Gujarat
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hit back at Congress President Sonia Gandhi, and charge the ruling party at the Centre of defaming his state.
Modi alleged that the Congress failed to keep each and every promise made to the people.
"Congress is responsible for inflation and price rise in the country. Congress failed to keep each and every promise made to the people," he told a rally in Dahod.
A confident Gujarat Chief Minister claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would win all the seats in Rajkot, where Sonia Gandhi addressed a rally yesterday.
"She (Sonia) addressed a rally in Chote Udepur, Cong lost. Now Rajkot yesterday. BJP will win all seats in Rajkot," said Modi.
Modi, who is seeking a third consecutive term, further claimed that the Congress Party has no role to play in Gujarat.
"Sonia's speech had nothing in it, newspapers didn't even publish it, only put big pictures. Cong has nothing to say here," he said.
Sonia Gandhi had earlier on Wednesday claimed that the Congress Party was responsible for all development that Gujaratis are now enjoying.
Gandhi, who kicked off the Congress Party's campaign in poll-bound Gujarat, said that the opposition was responsible for raking up baseless allegations while larger issues were going unnoticed.
"The Congress has laid down the foundation for growth in Gujarat. The Congress has tried to live up to its ideals, we have come a long way and still have miles to go. It is unfortunate that our opponents only see darkness and cannot see the development. The work the Congress has done for the development of Gujarat, no one else has done," Gandhi told a farmers rally at Rajkot in Gujarat.
"The opposition always misleads people about our development-oriented policies. It is the habit of some people to take credit for the work done by other people, let them do it," she added.
Gandhi said it is deplorable that the Narmada waters have not reached the farmers.
"In the past 10 years, Saurashtra was denied Narmada waters. It is unfortunate that the waters of the Narmada from the Sardar Sarovar dam have not reached Saurashtra," she added.
Gandhi asked the Gujarat Government to look into the farmers' problems, especially cases of suicide, and send a report to the Centre so that they can be compensated.
"Farmers are not getting aid on time. Farmers are committing suicides in Gujarat. We have taken up projects for benefit of farmers. The state government must send its demand to fight drought to Centre. We can't term India as advanced if farmers don't prosper. Farmers must get the right price for their produce," said Gandhi.
"UPA Government has given debt relief to farmers, helped in prosperity. We are also aware of the problems of the fishermen in this region and the Centre will work on them too," she added.
Gandhi, who is also the chairperson of the ruling UPA Government at the Centre, further emphasized that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail would not affect the members of the farming community.
"FDI in retail will benefit the farmers of Gujarat. The opposition is misguiding the people on FDI in multi-brand retail. States are free to implement FDI move or sidestep it," said Gandhi.
"FDI means that the farmers will be able to get their produce to consumers, sellers without middlemen. If one Chief Minister doesn't want to implement FDI in his state, it is his choice. Why mislead the people and create such a big fuss over FDI?" she added.
Modi had earlier upped the ante on the allegation that the Central Government has spent a sum of Rs.1880 crores on Sonia Gandhi's foreign trips.
On Monday, Modi had claimed that Rs.1880 crores had been spent on Sonia Gandhi's foreign trips.
"For Sonia Gandhi, 1880 crores rupees that belong to the poor of the country; has been spent. I have this newspaper dated 12 July 2012. Here, it is written that a resident of Hisar in Haryana had filed an RTI. The Indian Government itself gave this information to him," Modi told a rally in Gujarat's Junagadh District.
The single-phase election in Himachal Pradesh will take place on November 4 this year, while the two-phase polls will take place in Gujarat on December 13 and 17.
Counting for both the states will take place on December 20.