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Sonia debuts with sops for farmers and minorities

india Updated: Jan 18, 2012 00:16 IST
Prithviraj Singh
Prithviraj Singh
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Addressing her first election rally in Uttarakhand, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday charged the BJP government of looting natural resources, indulging in corruption, neglecting public interest and, changing the chief minister when it was bogged by corruption charges.

Gandhi was referring to the Kumbh scam and chief minister BC Khanduri taking over in September from Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank.

Addressing a packed Litho Press Ground in Roorkee, she said, “The hills, forests, waterfalls and water resources need to be saved but this cannot happen by changing CMs. You have to change the government to see development in the state.”

Gandhi promised cash payments to sugarcane farmers and abolition of the system of issuing licences for setting up jaggery units (kolhus), development of infrastucture in centres of pilgrimage, Urs of Piran Kaliyar to be declared a state fair and a separate ministry for welfare of minorities and modernisation of madarsas.

At the Tehri rally Gandhi said the Centre was committed to bringing a strong Lokpal bill but opposition parties were disrupting Parliament.

She also pledged to resolve the rehabilitation problem related to the Tehri dam.

She said the UPA government had also realised the dream of having a rail link with the Garhwal region. “Train will shortly run in the hills,” she said.

(With agency inputs)