Sharing the dais with Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee for the first time in eight years, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday launched a scathing attack on the Left parties for failure to support UPA government on the nuclear deal issue.
"To meet the growing energy requirement, we went for the nuclear deal, but the Left opposed us saying it was not required," Gandhi said addressing an election meeting in this key Lok Sabha constituency from where External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee is contesting.
Attacking the Leftists in the Left Front ruled state, she said that the ambitious rural job scheme, NREGA, was not implemented properly in West Bengal.
Gandhi accused the Left Front West Bengal government of paying lip service to the poor and downtrodden sections of the society though Leftists swore by their name and claimed themselves to be their 'messiah'.
Pointing out that West Bengal had bountiful production of paddy, she said it was a paradox that the people of the state did not have enough to appease their hunger.
The Congress president told the voters that the party-led coalition at the Centre took bold and historic decisions for the benefit of the farmers particularly the farm loan waiver scheme.