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Sonia slams BJP, says no development in Himachal

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 15:49
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Sonia slams BJP, says no development in Himachal Shimla: Unruffled by the BJP campaign against Congress on corruption, Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday lashed out at the party for adopting double standards and not taking action against its own leaders facing graft charges.

"BJP will have to be answerable and accountable to people and tell what action it has taken against its own leaders facing charges of corruption," the AICC President said.

Addressing an election rally at the historic Ridge Ground here, she said, "Congress is the only party which has taken strict legal action against corrupt leaders but the BJP is only talking about corruption and not taking any action against its own leaders".

Sonia claimed credit for bringing the Right to Information (RTI) Act, which has proved an effective tool against corruption.

"The BJP is not against corruption but against Congress and using it as a tool against the party," she said.

Suggesting that BJP's record on checking corruption was not bright, she alleged that the opposition party stopped the passage of the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha, despite the fact that the legislation was an important tool in the fight against graft.

Gandhi also utilised the occasion to propagate the cause of FDI in retail, asserting that the move would help the hill state known for its horticulture products, specially apples.

"It is especially beneficial for farmers in Himachal as shortage of cold storages would be over and produce of farmers will not rot," she said.

Accusing the BJP of playing politics on FDI, she said that the chief ministers were free to implement or not allow FDI in retail but the BJP was unnecessarily making an issue out of it.

Admitting that price rise is a serious problem affecting the common man, Sonia said the UPA government is taking various steps to check price rise but the states are also duty bound to bring down prices.

"The Congress government has decided to give three more subsidised LPG cylinders raising the number to nine but why the BJP government in Himachal has not done so and slashed VAT," she asked.

Accusing the BJP government in the state of not utilising the liberal financial assistance of crores of rupees given by the Centre for various developmental programmes and schemes, Sonia said, "no development is visible in the state and people are suffering".

The UPA government gave massive assistance under JNNURM for development of Shimla town but nothing has been done and funds under MNREGA and road projects have not been utilised, she said.

Claiming credit for development of Himachal, she said the Centre helped the state with an open heart and gave several major projects to it besides opening medical colleges, Central Universities and Fashion technology Institutes. She urged the people to bid "goodbye" to the BJP and bring back Congress for speedy and uniform development.

Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma hit out at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for using "intemperate" language and said that it only reflected "his culture and thinking".

"Modi has brought the level of political debate to the lowest ebb and thrown to winds all norms of decency and BJP should apologise to the people for this".

PTI

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First Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 13:39
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Jaspal Singh - Amritsar
Let us be serious. A broad gauge rail link from Pathankot to Rohtang to Leh to Srinagar to Pathankot would promote development in this region.
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Jaspal Singh - Amritsar
Kindly permit me to use this occasion to point out that there is great need for a broad rail link from Pathanat to Jogindernage - Mandi - Manali - Rohtang -Leh - Srinagar - Pathankot. Large areas can be brought under cultivation and made worth living with the type of technology being used in Greenland, Finland and Siberia in Russia.
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mona - delhi
you better work as daily wadge laborer in road construction which will at least contribute something in the development of the country..Instead of fooling illiterate people and looting India in the name of Mahatama Gandhi. ..
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ONWATCH - India
Sonia Gandhi is very correct. Because definition of DEVELOPMENT is 2G, Coalgate, ISRO, CWG, Cheating with Handicapped People (Dr Zakir Hussain Trust), LAVASA, Adarsh, VANPIC, etc etc and promoted by dynamic Ministers and Leaders like Raja, Kaipl Sibbal, Pranav Mukharji, P Chidambaram, Salman Kurshid, Sheila Dikshit, Kalmadi, Sharad Pawar, Robert Vadra, YSR Reddy (late) etc etc. These are developments and developed personalities.
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swamy - bangalore
these politicians have no shame wherever they go the slogan is no proper development,as if there own party govened states are highly developed.congress or bjp will block funds to other party govts when they are in power.true politician should accept the developmental works done even if its opponent.if somebody says gujarat is underdeveloped people will laugh.
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Bhushan - Pune
All tainted UPA ministers, MPs are roaming free. DOn`t know which action this corrupt govt has taken against any. They are in hurry to take action only against those who oppose Dhongress or Gandi family even if there is no proof against them.
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Alok - hyderabad
Sonia Jii,,,, Please don`t comment against BJP, whatever you develeop for our contry we know.
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MBA RAO - Vizianagaram
Madam, since ruling in AP, there is nothing positive in state, upgrade the situation in country, blaming other party very easy, power politics every where, i sincerely ask you do something for poor, suffers in india.
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A S Bagga - Udaipur
Kolia Gandhi is asking for development in corruption for which she is making day night efforts. The UPA minsiters pushed in Jail by courts besides best efforts of P M (Chor) Manmohan singh & traitor Kolia Gandhi to save them. congress efforts are to spread corruption & make black money for Kolia Gandhi. she is saying BJP opposing Congress not corruption, public of India knows that you either say congress or corruption it doesn`t make any difference.
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gaurav kapoor - delhi
She`s right infact should stated that ``There is no development in India``
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chutia - Indian
What development? Land development by Vadra?



mona - delhi
you better work as daily wadge laborer in road construction which will at least contribute something in the development of the country..Instead of fooling illiterate people and looting India in the name of Mahatama Gandhi. ..



A S Bagga - Udaipur
Kolia Gandhi is asking for development in corruption for which she is making day night efforts. The UPA minsiters pushed in Jail by courts besides best efforts of P M (Chor) Manmohan singh & traitor Kolia Gandhi to save them. congress efforts are to spread corruption & make black money for Kolia Gandhi. she is saying BJP opposing Congress not corruption, public of India knows that you either say congress or corruption it doesn`t make any difference.



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