General elections are round the corner and the Congress is leaving no stone unturned to lay the foundation of its poll plank, particularly development.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday told voters her party was committed to bringing electricity to every home in the country by 2012.
Gandhi was speaking at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the National Thermal Power Corporation 1,320 megawatt super-critical thermal power station in Solapur.
“If we want self-reliance in our country, then we must continue to develop. But no development is possible without power,” Gandhi said. “So we want to generate enough power within the next three years.”
The foundation stone of another NTPC project, a 1,000 megawatt affair, was laid in Mouda near Nagpur.
The project is expected to begin contributing 30 per cent of its generation to the power-starved state within 51 months.
Gandhi claimed the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the Centre had developed the country at a brisk pace in the past five years.
She credited her late husband, former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, for showing the way to overall development. “Many ridiculed him when he talked India of the 21st century,” she said. “But it was Rajiv's policy that helped this nation achieve so much.”
She cited the country’s global success in computers and technology as an example.
Gandhi claimed the rural employment guarantee scheme had stopped migration to cities.