A delegation of Congress legislators and MPs from Gujarat took their complaint to Sonia Gandhi that some UPA ministers did not hesitate to praise Chief Minister Narendra Modi when they visited the state. Their allusion was reportedly to Agriculture Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar.
During the 20 minute meeting with Sonia, the delegation also expressed unhappiness that Congress ministers failed to visit the party office or interact with party workers when in Gujarat. They were equally upset that BJP members were allowed to continue as standing counsels in most central offices based in the state.
But the main focus of the 44 legislators, six MPs and some state office bearers, who comprised the delegation, was on Modi's style of functioning. Virtually setting the stage for the party's election campaign in the state, they accused the Modi administration of either misusing or non-utilising the funds earmarked for the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and returning the Central money given for the post-Godhra riot victims.
The delegation, escorted by AICC general secretary in charge of Gujarat BK Hari Prasad, complimented Sonia for the UPA government's initiatives like the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission in five Gujarat cities, the four lane Baroda-Mumbai Express Highway, the six power projects and the Rs 10 crore earmarked for Mahatma Gandhi corpus fund.
In fact, the centenary of Mahatma Gandhi's satyagraha movement is expected to boost the Congress campaign in the polarised state. Sonia is slated to visit the tribal areas in mid-January and then again later that month at the conclusion of the state unit's cycle rally to spread the message of Gandhi's movement.