Sonia takes on Modi, hints areas other than his seat getting raw deal


Back in Gujarat after a gap of over a month, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday targeted Chief Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that development in his Maninagar constituency was carried out at the cost of other areas. She, however, did not mention any name.

Addressing a rally at Keshod in Junagadh district, her second in the day, which goes to polls on December 13, she said, "For inclusive growth of urban pockets, we have implemented JNNURM. You will be amazed to know that 16 per cent of total grant has been spent only on one constituency."

"I do not want to take the name of this Assembly constituency. I think you all know," she said, referring to road, BRTS and lake development that Maninagar, represented by Modi since 2002, has witnessed.

Earlier in the day, at a rally in tribal-dominated Mandvi in Surat, she said the Modi government has been making tall development claims, which is nowhere to be seen. She said the state government's promises are "hollow and false".

"They (BJP) have no interest in poor and common people but its only interest is development of its own and a select few people... the development which was promised in a big way is nowhere to be seen in this tribal land... because what they promised were hollow and false," Sonia said. "This is a land of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel who used to preach what they practiced. Now there are people who give big advice but not follow them."

Like she did in her rally in Rajkot on October 3, Sonia once again raised the issues of suicides by farmers, unavailability of Narmada water, health and education.

Hitting out at BJP's manifesto that promised 50 lakh houses in the next 50 years, the Congress chief said, "Now, at the time of elections, they remember houses. They are promising 50 lakh houses. How many units will they construct per day? What kind of dream are they selling?" With PTI

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