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BJP spreads only rumours, says Sonia Gandhi

PTI  Kota (Rajasthan), November 23, 2013
First Published: 19:28 IST(23/11/2013) | Last Updated: 01:39 IST(24/11/2013)

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Saturday attacked BJP saying it is a party of "poisonous people" which spreads nothing but rumours.

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"BJP is spreading rumours that the drugs of Rajasthan flagship 'Free Medicine Scheme' are poison, but the fact is that the party that is spreading such rumours is the party of poisonous people," Sonia said at a rally in Kota, Rajasthan.

Rajasthan will go to the polls on December 1.

She alleged that BJP is projecting "lies as realities" and it has nothing substantial with it but "the very greed for power".

"BJP fails to see the progress but sees only the darkness," she alleged in her 12-minute address to a gathering of about 12,000 people at Ummad stadium in Kota.

"The Congress government in Rajasthan has worked for public welfare through several schemes in its current tenure but the party in opposition, BJP, continues to criticise for the same," said Sonia, who was clad in a blue sari.

"BJP continues to criticise but the Congress government will continue to work for the progress of the people," she said.

Sonia said UPA's flagship schemes were revolutionary in nature and questioned,"why BJP did not introduce and implement such public welfare schemes during its regime?"

Appreciating Ashok Gehlot-led Rajasthan government for successfully implementing several flagship schemes, Sonia said Congress believes in strengthening the common man.

Stressing on various schemes of the Centre, as well as of the state government, Sonia said, "No one can go to bed without food as we have given Food Security Act, and to check the corruption, our government has brought Right to Information Act."

Social Security Bill, Land Acquisition Bill, MNREGA are the other achievements of the Congress government towards the public welfare, Sonia said.

"Congress is also farmer friendly, as it has increased the government's purchase of the crops," the Congress leader claimed.

The UPA chairperson also promised that if the Congress comes to power, "the party will implement its manifesto word to word."

The rally was also addressed by chief minister Ashok Gehlot and Congress leader CP Joshi.

Party's state in-charge Gurudas Kamath and Union minister Ambika Soni also accompanied the UPA chairperson.

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