So­nia slams BJP over graft

Asks why hasn’t party taken ac­tion against its ‘cor­rupt’ lead­ers, ac­cuses it of stalling lokpal bill

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - NATION - Gau­rav Bisht & Naresh K Thakur ■ let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

SHIMLA/KAN­GRA: On cam­paign trail in poll-bound Hi­machal Pradesh, Congress pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi slammed the BJP over cor­rup­tion on Tues­day.

At­tack­ing BJP pres­i­dent Nitin Gad­kari, even as she re­frained from nam­ing him, Gandhi said, “I want to ask the BJP, have you taken any ac­tion against your lead­ers who are mired in cor­rup­tion charges?”

Ad­dress­ing elec­tion ral­lies in Shimla and Kan­gra, Gandhi said the Congress was the only party that had taken ef­fec­tive mea­sures to weed out cor­rup­tion. “We took ac­tion against the peo­ple on whom we had ev­i­dence.”

While tak­ing credit for the Right to In­for­ma­tion bill, Gandhi ac­cused the BJP of stalling the Lokpal bill. “We pushed for the RTI and we passed the Lokpal in the Lok Sabha. Who stalled it in the Ra­jya Sabha, BJP.”

“They are not against cor­rup­tion, they are against the Congress,” said Gandhi, who also charged the BJP of “mis­lead­ing” pub­lic on for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment (FDI) in re­tail. “It is for the ben­e­fit of farm­ers that we have brought FDI in re­tail. The farm­ers will not get ex­ploited and con­sumers will also get prod­ucts at cheaper rates,” she said, adding that the op­po­si­tion was cre­at­ing ru­mours on the FDI is­sue and that the states were free to dis­al­low it.

Slam­ming the Prem Ku­mar Dhu­mal gov­ern­ment, Gandhi said, “There has been no de­vel­op­ment un­der the BJP gov­ern­ment. I want to ask where thou­sands of crores of ru­pees pro­vided by the Cen­tre for the de­vel­op­ment of the state and its peo­ple have gone”.

Congress pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi at an elec­tion rally in Kan­gra, Hi­machal Pradesh.

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