Congress president Sonia Gandhi said the UPA government would soon provide food security for all, especially the poor. She said this at a huge rally to mark the 125th year of the Congress at Sewagram in Wardha district in eastern Maharashtra.
Sewagram was chosen as the venue for the rally because Mahatma Gandhi lived here for a decade in the 1930s. The rally, attended by more than 100,000, was held 300 metres from Bapu Kuti, the hut in which the Mahatma lived. Sonia said the Congress-led UPA government had launched several welfare schemes for the ‘aam admi’ such as the National
Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, loan waivers for distressed farmers and the right to education to ensure basic education for all children.
“Now we are coming out with a food security bill that will give food guarantee to all, especially the poor,” she said. “But merely law cannot change the system and lifestyle of the people. We should ensure honest implementation of such schemes,” she said, asking people to thwart corruption in such welfare schemes.
She also asked people to uphold secular principles and reject narrow-minded politics based on caste, language and religion as these debilitate the country’s social fabric.
Stating that the Congress had taken upon itself the task of ensuring secularism and development, she said, "Violence, divisive politics by invoking caste, religion, region and language weakens the society which in turn hampers development."
The UPA chairperson said the land of the Mahatma and Acharya Vinoba Bhave had inspired the people to hold secular principles in high esteem.
This, she said, was key to India becoming a superpower — if each village follows these principles.