Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi for making false promise in 2009 to tame inflation.
Modi, who is campaigning in poll-bound Himachal Pradesh, said that the Congress party had promised to curb inflation within 100 days of coming to power, but failed to do so.
"The Congress party in 2009 had promised that if it comes to power at the federal level, it would effectively curtail inflation within 100 days. Did it live upto the expectations? Sadly no. It was the duty of the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh to give an answer to the public when he rallied in Himachal Pradesh. Dr. Singh and Sonia Gandhi came to rally here but none of them addressed the issue even once," said Modi.
Continuing to train gun on Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government, Modi said Sonia Gandhi, who while campaigning in state's Mandi district said that UPA government had allocated Rs. 10,000 crores to BJP-ruled Himachal Pradesh but the state lapsed them last year.
"Sonia Gandhi said that the government had allocated Rs. 10,000 crore to Himachal Pradesh state. I want to ask her that 'does she consider Himachal Pradesh a beggar'? Do you think the state was begging in New Delhi for the fund to be disbursed? The country also wants to ask her that has she (Italian born Congress chief) brought the fund as a dowry with her?" said Modi.
Meanwhile, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma condemned Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, for accusing central government of giving them "step-motherly" treatment in fund disbursement saying that the allegations made against Congress party is entirely baseless and incorrect.
"Prem Kumar Dhumal has alleged that the government did not disburse fund to the (opposition-ruled) state and accused the government of giving them "step-motherly" treatment in fund disbursement. But the allegations made against government are entirely baseless for which I highly condemn them," said Sharma.
The Himachal Pradesh legislative assembly consists of 68 seats, and Bharatiya Janata Party won 42 in the previous elections.
The single-phase electionx in Himachal Pradesh will take place on November 4 while counting of votes is scheduled on December 20.