The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Nitin Gadkari on Sunday blasted Congress president Sonia Gandhi, alleging that she had no right to talk about corruption as her party-led UPA government was neck deep in corruption. Gadkari sought vote for his party against clean leadership of CM BC Khanduri.
Addressing a rally here, the BJP chief said that the Congress president had no right to castigate the state government as UPA government had failed to come clean in the past eight years. Even a layman knows the role played by former telecom minister A Raja in the 2G spectrum scam.
Talking about UPA government's support to the Uttarakhand government, Gadkari said that former had always ill-treated the state, despite the fact that state government persistently took up the state cause with all honesty. "We requested the central government to increase industrial package to the state but the former refused to pay heed to our demand. On the contrary, they scrapped the existing tax holiday midway for the simple reason that state was ruled by the BJP," said the BJP chief.
Gadkari appealed the voters to support the BJP candidates in the interest of the state. He said that chief minister BC Khanduri had a good and clean image and the voters must give BJP another chance to work for state's development.
Centre neglected U'khand: BJP
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has dubbed as a "bunch of lies" the allegations levelled by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that Uttarakhand government had failed to utilise the funds allocated by the Centre for the state’s development.
"By making such allegations in their ongoing election campaign in Uttarakhand, the Congress leaders are trying to mislead the people of Uttarakhand," alleged state BJP spokesperson Deepti Rawat. She was reacting to the Prime Minister and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s election speeches across the state, in which they had accused the state BJP government of underutilising the development funds granted by the Centre. Addressing a press conference in the state BJP headquarters on Sunday, Rawat asserted that it was the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, which "is responsible for the mess in which it has left the country's economy." "It is owing to the UPA government's utter financial mismanagement that the central planning commission was recently forced to disband 96 of the total of 147 centrally sponsored schemes," she said adding, the two top Congress leaders (Gandhi and Singh) were, in fact, falsely accusing the state BJP government of underutilising the central funds with an eye on the January 30 assembly elections.
"The reality is that our government has been punctiliously implementing all the centrally sponsored schemes and its track record on that count, happens to be far better than that of the Congress ruled states," said the state BJP spokesperson. Rawat alleged that the UPA government was providing step-motherly treatment to Uttarakhand in financial allocations, despite the latter being a special category state.