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Press Trust of India, PTI
Ajmer, November 28, 2003
Mounting a scathing attack on BJP, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday accused the Union Government headed by the saffron party of "breaking all records of corruption" and said it has no right to seek votes from the people after "betraying them". "It seems that BJP leaders are vying with one another to find a place in a book of records for indulging in bribery and corruption," she told an elections rally here.

Alleging that "corruption is rampant under the NDA rule which has broken all records of corruption," Gandhi asked "on what basis the BJP is seeking votes in assembly elections?"

"The BJP has no right to seek votes from the people after betraying them," the Congress President said.

Without naming any one, Gandhi asked "what kind of justice it is where people are not arrested even after being cought on video accepting bribe?"

Charging BJP with "eroding diversity, the unique feature and the real beauty of Indian culture, by its divisive agenda," she said Congress would never tolerate communal forces.

Indirectly refering to the arrest of VHP leader Praveen Bhai Togadia here a few months back, Gandhi said communal forces were kept in control during the five-year rule of Congress in Rajasthan.

"Congress wants social unity and amity and works for uplift of Dalits, backward people and women," she said.

"BJP is unmatched in forgetting poll promises despite its tall claims of being a party with a difference. It promised to eradicate poverty and herald in good governance but acted exactly opposite," Gandhi alleged.

Ridiculing claims of BJP leaders that the people were benefiting from its rule, she said "they are making castles in air which have no foundation."

"On the other hand, Congress sincerely acted on its election manifesto to fulfil its poll promises," Gandhi said.

She also hit out at the Centre accusing it of "discriminating against the Congress government in Rajasthan".

The Congress President praised the Ashok Gehlot government for "doing a good job" in providing drought relief.

Taking a dig at BJP leaders' claim of "parivartan" (change), Gandhi asked as to why the party could not bring any change during its eight-years rule in Rajasthan prior to 1998

"Our government in the desert state inherited empty coffers from BJP rule but despite that it did a tremendous job by tackling basic needs of the people, helping agriculture and small industries, promoting education and improving water and power situation," she claimed.

Gandhi addressed election meetings in Bundi and Sikar also during her day-long tour. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot accompanied her.