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Sonia makes veiled criticism of WB Govt

india Updated: Apr 28, 2008 22:44 IST

Criticising the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee led-government of West Bengal for its handling of the situation at Nandigram, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday said that she was with the people of the area in their sorrow.

"I am with the people of Nandigram who faced sorrow and hardship, especially with the women, children and farmers," Gandhi said amidst a thunderous applause from the crowd at the YMA ground in Baharampur.

Slamming the CPI-M-led Left Front government in the state over the law and order situation, she said that the people were concerned with it. This should not happen and there should not be any discrimination in maintaining law and order.

She said that the Congress officer-bearers in Beharampur complained of repeated torture and atrocities against the people, but in a democracy there is no place for political violence.

"If law and order machinery did not work properly, the whole system gets affected. This is wrong and this should not happen."

Referring to the Left's support to the UPA government at the Centre, Gandhi said that to keep communal forces out of power they had taken the support of the secular parties, but asserted the Congress would not "sacrifice its ideologies and policies at any cost". The Congress has every right to fight against injustice wherever it is done, she says.

Refuting the Left's repeated charges that the agenda of the common minimum programmes was being violated by the UPA government, Gandhi said that every step was being taken for the benefit of masses in accordance with the CMP.

Turning to the Left's demand for special measures for West Bengal and Kerala to mitigate hardship of the people in view of skyrocketting prices, Gandhi said one should realise that there cannot be one policy for Bengal and another for other states.

Gandhi also questioned the track record of the LF government for the uplift of the minority population in the state.
"The people belonging to the minority community are facing hardship and the state government should not only ponder over the recommendations in the Sachar committee report, but implement them," she said.

On the difficulties faced by farmers, Gandhi said that the UPA government had waived farmers' loans worth Rs 60,000 crore. "We shall not allow the farmers to suffer. Their difficulties will be resolved. The farmers' loan waiver is a continuation of the policy of Nehru and successive Congress governments at the Centre," she said.

Farmers were the backbone of the nation like the soldiers who protect the country's borders, Gandhi said. She said that different schemes like NREGA and Gram Sadak Rozgar Yojna were being implemented by the UPA government to improve the quality of life of the people. NREGA schemes, she said, were now being implemented all over the country.

Refuting the Left's repeated charges that the agenda of the common minimum programmes was being violated by the UPA government, Gandhi said that every step was being taken for the benefit of masses in accordance with the CMP.

Turning to the Left's demand for special measures for West Bengal and Kerala to mitigate hardship of the people in view of skyrocketting prices, Gandhi said one should realise that there cannot be one policy for Bengal and another for other states.

Gandhi also questioned the track record of the LF government for the uplift of the minority population in the state.
"The people belonging to the minority community are facing hardship and the state government should not only ponder over the recommendations in the Sachar committee report, but implement them," she said.

On the difficulties faced by farmers, Gandhi said that the UPA government had waived farmers' loans worth Rs 60,000 crore. "We shall not allow the farmers to suffer. Their difficulties will be resolved. The farmers' loan waiver is a continuation of the policy of Nehru and successive Congress governments at the Centre," she said.

Farmers were the backbone of the nation like the soldiers who protect the country's borders, Gandhi said. She said that different schemes like NREGA and Gram Sadak Rozgar Yojna were being implemented by the UPA government to improve the quality of life of the people. NREGA schemes, she said, were now being implemented all over the country.