Modi govt is anti-poor, anti-farmer: Sonia

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 14, 2012 07:22 hrs

Gandhinagar, Dec 14 (IBNS) Accusing the Narendra Modi government of neglecting the poor and farmers, Congress president Sonia Gandhi campaigning for her party for the second phase of elections in Gujarat here Friday said the state government is making false promises to people and misleading them, while also denying adequate power supply to farmers.

Sonia Gandhi said there was no adequate development in Gujarat while the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is even giving extra power to Gujarat for agriculture.

"But the Gujarat government is selling 800 MW power just for profit as over 4.5 lakh farmers await power supply," said Sonia who slammed the state government.

She said even farmers are slapped with power theft cases and punished by the state government.

Sonia Gandhi alleged misuse of central funds by the state government and said there are even reports of corruption as suggested in CAG reports.

"Here the accused are let off, innocents are framed," said Sonia Gandhi.

Sonia Gandhi said about 20 lakh people are homeless in Gujarat while the state government made false promises of homes.

She urged the people to vote for Congress which can bring out a change in the "sorry situation."

Sonia Gandhi also parried the allegation of Modi that the UPA government is handing over to Pakistan the Sir Creek, which is a 96 km strip of water that is disputed between India and Pakistan in the Rann of Kutch marshlands.

She said no body would be allowed to play with security and integrity of India and there should be no politics over such issues.

"Now you are provoking people over the country´s national borders and security. Indira Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi even gave their lives for sovereignty. I will not allow anyone to play with national security and integrity issues," she said.

Modi had questioned the Prime Minister on what the UPA´s stand is on Sir Creek, saying: "I had expressed my concern during the CM's conference in April this year, saying that what you are doing is betraying the nation."

"It was there in my speech but you were silent," said Modi in a poll rally.

The creek, which opens up into the Arabian Sea, divides the Kutch region of the Indian state of Gujarat with the Sindh province of Pakistan.

The second phase polls in Gujarat is scheduled on Dec 17 while in the first phase on Dec 13, around 68 percent voters cast their ballots.

Key focus in the first phase was on constituencies in Saurashtra region where Keshubhai Patel, former colleague of Chief Minister Narendra Modi turned a rebel who formed the Gujarat Parivartan Party, wields considerable power.

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