statesman news service
Bhopal, 15 November
Congress president Sonia Gandhi lashed out at the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, asking why the state government had not allowed action against 13 of its ministers despite corruption charges being lodged against them in the state lokayukta.
Mrs Gandhi was addressing a public rally at Khargone district in MP. Taking the election campaign war to the BJP’s turf in MP, the Congress president also quipped that BJP leaders were merely ‘day dreaming’ of winning the elections.
She said: "BJP leaders make hollow promises, instigate people and trumpet their achievements. Some of them are even daydreaming about the "kursi" (power) nowadays. For "kursi", they are even fighting against each other".
"If they think that by making fanciful oratory (lacchedaar batein), they can win the hearts of the people, they are misguided", the UPA chairperson said.
"India", she said, "is a nation with diversities. India is the name of a thought, India represents Ganga-Jamuni values and traditions, and India represents brotherhood, restraint, mercy and forgiveness. These leaders can’t understand such a vision of India." "For their selfish interests", she said, "they can pit brothers against brothers, make them enemies". She cautioned people to beware of such parties and leaders.The UPA chairperson also alleged that MNREGA benefits were not being given to the poor. "They are disbursing MNREGA funds to machines and thekedaars (contractors)", she said.
"Under the BJP rule, there has been rampant malnutrition, which has claimed the lives of many children and even farmers are living in very poor condition," she said.
"The condition of farmers is such that many have been forced to commit suicide," she pointed out.
She alleged there were nearly 20,000 schools in Madhya Pradesh with only one teacher, and thousands of primary health centres and hospitals have very few doctors to treat the poor.
The Congress, she said, does not make hollow promises. "We have promised the people of MP that we will provide free power connection to each BPL family, and will give all the benefits of forest produce to the tribals," she added. Mrs Ambika Soni, Congress General Secretary in-charge of MP Mohan Prakash, State Congress President Kantilal Bhuria and party MP Arun Yadav accompanied Mrs Gandhi.