Cautioning the electorate against getting “swayed” by the BJP’s development claims, Congress president Sonia Gandhi during her first election rally in Haryana on Saturday said, “Jo zyada chillaate hain, wo kaam nahi karte hain (Those who make a lot of noise do not work).”
In her 10-minute speech, Sonia launched a sharp attack on the BJP’s central government, barely a couple of hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed his first election meeting in Karnal. She accused the Modi government of failing to fulfil promises, such as bringing back black money stashed abroad, while accusing it of trying to show as if everything had been done since the NDA had come to power.
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Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, his son and MP Deepender Singh Hooda, Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Tanwar, party’s state incharge Shakeel Ahmad, co-incharge Asha Kumari and Congress legislators from a number of constituencies were present.
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The Congress president kept focus on the BJP-led NDA government for “seeking people’s mandate in the Lok Sabha elections on false promises”, and allegedly failing to work on any of the promises so far. “Four months ago, they created such an atmosphere of development and sold dreams to the common man. But it all turned out to be false propaganda to grab power,” she said. “What happened to the promise of bringing black money back within 100 days?”
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Urging the electorate to take a decision “from the mind not the heart”, she said, “It takes years to build a nation, but the BJP is trying to portray as if all the development was done by them.”
In a veiled attack on the Indian National Lok Dal and its earlier regime, Sonia alleged that “10 years ago there was an atmosphere of terror, anarchy, and the policy of ‘might is right’ ruled the roost” in Haryana.
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