The Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday made a blistering attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and said that the Narendra Modi-government has hijacked UPA schemes and has presented them before the people after repackaging.
Criticising the Union government she said that the Centre is taking credit in carrying forward the schemes launched by the UPA government and asserted that the 15-years of Congress government in Maharashtra, has achieved the height of development that cannot be compared to anyone's effort.
She said that the BJP leaders do not want to accept the development done by the Congress-led government in Maharashtra.
"The BJP presented a false dream to the people during the Lok sabha elections by giving assurance of fulfilling the promises in 100 days of coming to power. Now, they get upset if we remind them of the promises made," she said.
"The BJP is adept in the art of claiming credit of good work done by others. They had been criticising the Congress for the various schemes initiated by the UPA but are continuing the same by merely changing the name of the schemes passing the same as their own," she added.
Addressing her first campaign rally for the Maharashtra assembly elections from Vidarbha region in Bramhapuri on Saturday evening, she said opportunist parties like BJP and Shiv Sena can go to any extent to wield power.
"Both the BJP and Sena might have parted ways but in reality they are one," she said. She also did not spare the Congress's former ally - the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) - asking the people to be wary of them.
Alleging that the BJP only makes promises when the elections come, she said what happened to their promise of bringing down inflation in the first 100 days of their regime. "I don't know what the Prime Minister achieved in his much-hyped US tour, but the price of life-saving drugs in the country may increase drastically after he had given benefits to US drug manufacturers," she alleged.
The Congress president assured that Vidarbha was always a citadel for Congress and it would repose its faith on the century-old party this elections. "For the first time in history Congress had initiated economic packages for the violence prone areas in Gadchiroli for ending Maoist menace in the region and providing opportunities to the jobless youths in the area," she added.
Speaking about the BJP-Sena rule in mid-90s, she said the poor working class was exploited. "Progress can be achieved only in safe and secure environment, which can only be provided by the Congress," she further said.
Reiterating 'Congress ka haath, aam aadmi ke saath' slogan of her party that was "hijacked" by the BJP, Gandhi appealed to the people to elect the Congress in the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections.
In Gondia, the Congress president said that the Congress always cared for the tribals, dalits and weaker section. "It was the Congress that provided the land rights to tribal and access to minor forest produces under the forest rights act."