Sonia accuses BJP of claiming credit of work done by UPA
KOLHAPUR: Taking on the BJP for issuing false promises
to citizens, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Thursday blamed the BJP-led
government for claiming credit of the work done by the previous UPA government
after failing to bring the shown dream to reality.
“The BJP had given a false dream to citizens during
lok sabha elections by giving assurance of fulfilling the promises in 100 days
of coming to power. Now, they get upset if we remind them of the promises
made,” said Gandhi targeting the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi
in her first election rally for Maharashtra Assembly elections.
They had promised citizen that they would check
inflation, teach a lesson to Pakistan, bringing black money back to India,
ensure employment to youth in 100 days, she said adding, “When the government
is asked on the promises made during Lok Sabha elections, they get upset and
refuse to respond saying those who ruled the country for 60 years are seeking
account of 60 days old government.”
“The BJP is expert in the art of claiming credit of
good work done by others. They had been criticising the Congress for the
various schemes initiated by the UPA but now continuing the same by merely
changing the name of the schemes,” Gandhi said.
The Indian flag is flying high in the world because of
the hard work of Congress of so many decades, she said, “The Congress faced all
the challenges in the past seven decades with many sacrificing their lives to
keep the country united. We never allowed division of community on the base of
caste or religion.”
The BJP is now seeking votes in the name of Maratha king
Shivaji and the same party has opposed the Congress government initiative to
erect statue of the kin in Arabian sea, she said, “The BJP in reality is not
the same as they say.”
The Modi government has been taking decision against
the interest of Maharashtra by shifting the development projects to Gujarat,
Congress chief said the BJP claim of Gujarat is more developed than Maharashtra
“How amusing is this (Waah, kitni majedar baat hain
ye),” she said pointing out that Maharashtra is ahead of Gujarat in almost all
The Congress chief said that progress can be done only
in safe and secure environment but the BJP and Shiv Sena’s only intention is to
spread hatred on the basis of region, language, religion.
The BJP and Shiv Sena have got separated but will come
together for power, Gandhi said while urging voters to keep the saffron parties
from coming to power.
Taking on NCP without naming the party, she said that
the voters should be alerted from those who were with us in the past and public
should not fall prey to those changing stands.
State Congress chief Manikrao Thakre said that the NCP
never worked for Congress candidates when in alliance but the Congress always
stood by them. “The party activists were upset with the treatment given by NCP.
Now, we have an opportunity to prove our strength to everyone,” he said.