Congress president Sonia Gandhi accused the Narendra Modi-led central government on Saturday of making hollow promises to Indians while asking the electorate to not get swayed by the BJP’s development claims.
Gandhi launched a blistering attack on Modi at a rally in Haryana’s Rohtak district hours after the PM urged the state’s voters to oust the ruling Congress in the October 15 assembly polls, targeting it for alleged land scams and anti-farmer policies.
“Jo zyada chillate hain, wo kaam nahi karte hain (Those who talk too much don’t work),” Gandhi said in her speech at Meham, kicking off her party’s election campaign in the state where the Congress is locked in a contest with the BJP and the INLD.
While the Congress hopes to retain power in the 90-member assembly for a consecutive third term, the BJP is looking to shrug off recent by-poll upsets in various states and revive electoral momentum from its impressive Lok Sabha poll showing to wrest control of Haryana.
Accusing the Modi government of hijacking UPA policies by merely renaming them, Gandhi said the Congress was the only party which could ensure development in the state.
“Has inflation come down? Is the poor man getting food at cheaper rate? Have the unemployed got jobs? What happened to their promise of getting back the black money from abroad within 100 days of coming to power?” she said.
Meham is infamous for unprecedented poll-time violence in 1990 when 13 people including an independent candidate were killed for which INLD leader and former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala was accused and later acquitted.
Invoking the so-called mayhem in Meham, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said at the rally that the people had not forgotten “the reign of terror and killing by the INLD”.