Sonia can't speak on corruption: BJP

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 03, 2012 14:54 hrs

Hours after Congress president Sonia Gandhi made her maiden rally in Gujarat's Rajkot to kick off the assembly polls campaign, India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday slammed her and said she has no 'moral authority' to speak on corruption.

"The amount of funds that have been siphoned off in scams like 2G, Coalgate and others do not matter to Sonia Gandhi," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said while addressing a press conference here on Wednesday.

"Sonia Gandhi has no moral authority to speak on corruption," he said.

Pertinently, Gadhi attacked the BJP on the issue of corruption while addressing the rally and said the party was only against the Congress and not against corruption.

"They (BJP) are not against corruption. They are against us. We have to make a new Gujarat and we will do that," Gandhi said.

She defended Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail and said it would actually help the farmers of the state who do not get enough money for their produce.

"FDI will help the farmers get their due," she said, explaining the harsh economic measures of her government in New Delhi.

"There is no reason to mislead the people over FDI since a chief minister may not implement it in his or her state," she said.

She also justified the hikes in diesel price while slamming the Narendra Modi government for not increasing the number of subsidized LPG cylinders on its own like the Congress ruled states did after the cap on subsidized cylinders was reduced to six in the recent economic reforms.

She also attacked Gujarat CM Modi on the issue of imposition of VAT charges.

Gandhi said no one has done so much for Gujarat as Congress did. All big industries were set up in Congress regime, she said addressing the people of Saurashtra.

"In the past ten years till date farmers are waiting for water. Narmada water has not reached Saurashtra yet," she said referring to the "failure of Modi".

"We will also look after the fishermen´s problem here," she said addressing the community.

She said the state government did not tell that 50 percent of funds for the state were actually from the centre.

Gandhi also referred to Mahatma Gandhi and said Congress is the party following in the Father of the Nation´s footsteps.

Gandhi arrived in Rajkot on Wednesday morning earlier amid a strong attack by Modi over her foreign trip expenses.

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