Narendra Modi made money for poor 'vanish': Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi

Sonia questioned as to where has the huge promised sum in the Van Bandhu Kalyan scheme gone as nothing under the scheme has materialised yet.

"UPA government has been allocating thousands of crores of rupees to various states, including Gujarat, without any bias. But nobody knows how this money is spent (in Gujarat)," she said.

"Why is poverty still looming in the tribal population of the state? Why there is no change in the lives, position and financial condition of tribal," Gandhi wondered.

There are around 30 tribal dominated constituencies in the eastern parts of the state, which were on the radar of the Congress president, while she pitched hard for the traditional votes from there.

"There is no water in hill villages of tribal areas, the BJP had shown you the dream of building 2.25 lakh lakes and dams...Where are they? Where is employment for the tribal people?" she asked.

The AICC president also said Congress was responsible for the development of South Gujarat. The roads which you are seeing here are made under the Prime Minister rural road scheme.

Sonia said Congress stood with the people of Gujarat at the time of drought, earthquake and cyclones.

She alleged because of the policies of BJP government, the hardships of the common man have increased. "If the government attended to your problems, you would not have faced so many problems," she said

The Congress chief said the UPA government had waived off loans to the debt-ridden farmers but their condition in Gujarat has not changed because of the "anti-people" policies pursued by the BJP government.

"Our government is the government of the farmers. We have waived off loans for them," she said.

Gujarat will vote for the first phase of polls on December 13.

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