Sonia slams BJP over graft
Asks why hasn’t party taken action against its ‘corrupt’ leaders, accuses it of stalling lokpal bill
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.