Sonia attacks Atal Govt
Coming down heavily on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led ruling coalition, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday urged people to vote her party to power for the welfare of the country.
Campaigning for the coming elections in Chhattisgarh, Sonia also asked voters to turn up in large numbers to support the Congress and revive the glory of her slain husband and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's regime.
"The (Prime Minister Atal Bihari) Vajpayee government has stemmed the pace of development," Gandhi told some 15,000 people in this tribal locality in Bastar, where opposition leader Mahendra Karma is the Congress candidate.
"Farmers are committing suicide, the quality of life of common people has deteriorated and religious fanaticism has overtaken development--the BJP government must be thrown out."
Sonia appealed to people to give a befitting reply to a government she described as "anti-development" and "anti-people".
The BJP-led coalition, she said, hardly had time for development. She credited Rajiv Gandhi with most of the policies introduced for the welfare of tribals, accusing the ruling coalition of junking these schemes.
"I would like to make it clear that the BJP government cannot take care of interests of tribals; they have hardly any time for development. We have to form the Congress government once again at the centre for the welfare of tribals in particular and for the whole country in general," she asserted.
She charged the government with misguiding the people on the state of economy and making false promises of 10 million jobs every year.