Sonia Gandhi told the people of Kutch on Tuesday to use their vote to get rid of the BJP government, which is “double-faced and segregates people”.
The Congress chief, who was addressing a rally in this town near Kandla Port, accused the state of failing to take along all sections of society.
A country can only progress, she said, when you take all sections of society along, which has been the Congress’s policy. There cannot be any development without social unity.
Mocking the BJP’s claims of fighting terrorism, Sonia said it was not a Congress minister who released a terrorist, she said referring to the Kandahar episode during BJP-led NDA regime. Terrorism and communalism are two sides of a coin and Congress stalwarts like Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira and Rajiv Gandhi have all fought against terrorism, Sonia added.
She also trashed the BJP’s development claims, saying the Centre sanctions projects worth several crores but the BJP-led government likes to hide these facts from the people. “You should ask the state government how they have spent the money.”
As examples, Sonia said the Centre has Rs 6,000 crore under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM) and Rs 1,000 crore for Kutch’s border areas. She said the UPA has started the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in many districts and announced that it would be extended across the country from January-February next year.
“Our intentions are genuine, unlike theirs . Our promises in the manifesto are not false. The BJP is saying there has been all-round development in Gujarat ever since it came to power. But people here (north Gujarat) are not even getting drinking water.”
Leaving the Ramlila Maidan after Sonia’s speech, Keshubha Sodha, a farmer from Lakadiya village in Rapar taluka, said he would vote for the Congress.
Maganbhai Patel from Mandvi was confident that the success of the rally proves that the Congress would win all six Assembly seats in Kutch this time.