BJP, INLD only trying to grab power: Sonia Gandhi

  • PTI, Bhiwani
  • Updated: Oct 11, 2014 18:57 IST

Accusing Narendra Modi government of trying to weaken laws on land acquisition and rural employment brought in by UPA, Sonia Gandhi on Saturday asked people to be wary of BJP and INLD, claiming their sole aim was to "grab power for vested interests".

"Today, when polls are before us, our rival parties, in a bid to capture power, have come out of their houses and even out of the jails," she said addressing a rally in Tosham in this Harayna district ahead of October 15 Assembly election.

The Congress President said the electorate should not fall into the "trap" of the BJP which "promises a lot but delivers little". She also took a dig at INLD leader and former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, who was serving a 10-year imprisonment in a graft case but was campaigning while on bail on health grounds, for his remarks that if his party comes to power he will take oath from Tihar jail.

"Jail say sarkar chaleney walon ko bhe kursi chahiyee (Those promising to rule from jail only want power). Other parties too want their share of power. They want power not because they want to serve you and wish to undertake Haryana's development, they are in the race because they want to grab power for their vested interests," Gandhi said.

The Congress President attacked the Narendra Modi government's decision to decontrol prices of crucial drugs. Gandhi said the decision was taken ahead of the Prime Minister's visit to the United States.

"Prime Minister recently visited United States and only time will tell what was gained and what was lost....

"But one thing which he (Modi) did, what I think is very wrong, this will benefit American drug companies to big extent. As a result, cost of life saving drugs will go up and common man will have to suffer," she said referring to the lifting of control on drug prices.

She accused BJP of "promising moon" during run up to the Lok Sabha elections. "But now they want power for personal gain. Do not fall into the trap of their lies...during UPA's rule, we approved one rank one pension for ex servicemen...we do what we say," she said.

Gandhi said earlier land from farmers was taken away by industries without adequate compensation. But after the implementation of the Land Acquisition law, farmers are getting their due. She also said the rural employment guarantee law was another milestone of the UPA government.

"We implemented MNREGA. It has changed the lives of crores of families. It has especially benefited women from Dalit families and the weaker section. "But BJP government is preparing to weaken the law. This will be grave injustice to those who depend on it for their livelihood and are searching for jobs," she said. "They allege that Haryana has fallen behind in the past ten years, but you have yourself witnessed the progress made by the State during this period.

Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda with the help of his colleagues and Congress workers has worked hard for the state's development and to make all sections happy," she said.

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