Sonia takes on BJP in U`khand on corruption issue

Taking on BJP on corruption issue, Sonia Gandhi said the BJP was forced to change its Chief Minister in Uttarakhand following graft allegations.

Almora: Taking on BJP on corruption issue,
Sonia Gandhi on Saturday said the party was forced to change its
Chief Minister in Uttarakhand following graft allegations and
accused it of "creating a wedge" between the hills and the

"The BJP is responsible for widespread corruption in
every nook and corner of the state. It was due to corruption
that BJP was forced to change its Chief Minister," the
Congress President said in her second election rally in the
hill state in the run-up to the January 30 Assembly polls.

Chief Minister B S Khanduri took over as Chief Minister
from Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank in September last year in an
apparent move by BJP to lift its sagging image following graft
allegations against the government.

"...Through its discriminatory policies, the BJP
government is creating a wedge between the plains and the
hilly areas of the state," Gandhi alleged.

Claiming that Khanduri government is not providing
adequate electricity to the hilly areas of the state, she
said, "Only 13 per cent of the total electricity is being made
available to the hilly districts."

"Does the BJP government believe that people living in the
hilly areas can manage only with the sun and the moon?,"
Gandhi asked.
She pointed out that the BJP had promised that it would
provide electricity to each and every village of the state.
"Did it really happen? It certainly did not happen," she

She also accused the state government of stalling the
industrialisation process. "New industrial units were not set
up. And those which were already set up are being destroyed,"
she said.

Accusing the state government of not properly utilising
central funds, the Congress chief said, "The UPA government
under the leadership of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had
given thousands crores of rupees for development of
Uttarkahand. Whether this money was properly utilised, you
must ask the BJP."

She claimed that the BJP government is giving away jobs
meant for SCs/STs to its "own people" and those belonging
backward classes are leading a miserable life in the state.

She said the Congress has given due attention to
Uttarakhand and the UPA government has sanctioned several
prestigious institutes like IIMs, AIIMS, NITs for the state.

"Congress does not believe in false promises. We fulfill
all promises. I assure you we will stick to our promises. So
please vote for Congress," Gandhi said, asking the people to
vote out Khanduri Government.