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Sonia ridicules 'Feel Good' campaign

Sonia Gandhi said the the NDA Govt had only been showing "unrealistic dreams" to people, "grossly neglecting" basic issues.

india Updated: May 04, 2004 15:37 IST
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Ridiculing BJP's 'Feel Good' campaign, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said the Vajpayee government had only been showing "unrealistic dreams" to the people "grossly neglecting" the basic issues of poverty and unemployment.

"They have shown you dreams that have remained dreams. The BJP's agenda, however, has never been focussed on providing you the basics -- employment and freedom from poverty," Gandhi told an election rally here in support of the Congress candidates from Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri and Coochbehar Lok Sabha constituencies.

Stating that there was a big gap between the BJP's words and actions, the Congress President said the people had lost faith in the saffron party. "They don't keep their promises. The party is only bogged down with corruption and scandals...They did not even spare the money of the dedicated jawans fighting for the country at the border, the coffin scandal is not a distant memory," she said.

Chanting the Congress' pro-adivasi mantra, Gandhi said "progressive" West Bengal must spearhead the movement to bring a change at the Centre and rid the country of the age-old evils of poverty and unemployment.

Blaming the BJP and non-Congress parties for the poor development indices and lawlessness in certain pockets of the country, Gandhi said it was necessary to bring in a change at the Centre.

Gandhi, here on a day's electioneering, also mounted an attack on the ruling Left Front government in West Bengal saying the CPI(M) was using the state like "its own property and treating people like slaves."

"The state's poor scenario is reflected in the crisis that has gripped tea gardens in North Bengal. Thousands of labourers are unemployed, but far from finding a solution, the CPI(M) is apathetic towards this distress," she said.