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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Sonia Gandhi in Shimla: BJP never took actions against its corrupt leaders

Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, while addressing a well attended Congress rally on Tuesday at Shimla - the capital of poll bound Himachal Pradesh- slammed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state government over corruption.
Without taking any names, she flayed the BJP by saying that the saffron party never took action against its leaders accused of corruption. “No other party fought corruption as much as the Congress and UPA. We took stringent legal actions against those who proved corrupt.  I want to ask the BJP, has it taken any action against its leaders who are accused of graft? No; never” argued Sonia Gandhi.
“It was the Congress and UPA which the crucial legislation of Right To Information, which is a powerful tool to fight corruption.  It was the Congress, which made a strong Lokpal Bill to fight corruption and got it passed in the Lok Sabha. But who stopped the passage of the same in the Rajya Sabha? It was the BJP which stalled it. They are not serious about corruption and their fight against corruption is just a show off. In fact, they are not against graft but are against the Congress” she added.
Striking an emotional chord with the women in the region, Sonia Gandhi said “My speech will not be complete without remembering the contributions of my sisters of this beautiful state. I appreciate that the women here do fulfill their responsibilities in a commendable manner.  Aiming for further upliftment of the women in our society, especially my sisters in the hill areas, the Congress government implemented 50% reservation for women in panchayats. We also doubled the salaries of anganwadi workers. We also helped the women to avail bank loan at low interest rates through Self Help Groups”.
Taking on the BJP led state government the UPA Chairperson continued, “The rise in the prices of essential commodities is a serious matter of concern for us and we understand the difficulties of the common man due to this.  The Central Government has been putting in its serious efforts to control the price rise but the state governments also have a similar responsibility to take adequate measures to reduce the burden of the people. When the Congress run state governments increased the limit of gas cylinders from 6 to 9 to benefit my sisters there, why the state government here could not take such a step?”
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