'Sonia has failed to admit that Govt. lacks integrity and non-performance': BJP

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 15:42 hrs

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday lashed out at Congress President Sonia Gandhi over her speech made at the party's 'Chintan Shivir' in Jaipur, saying she has failed to admit that the government lacks integrity and non-performance.

BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said 'introspection is good for any political party, but Sonia Gandhi's speech gives an indication that the Congress is missing an opportunity of an honest review'.

Sitharaman alleged that the Congress was looking for an excuse to evade key issues before the government and the party.

Sitharaman also took on the government for failing to keep its promise to tame rising prices in 100 days.

Sonia Gandhi, who is also the chairperson of the UPA Government at the Centre, earlier today said that Congress is the only pan-India party with presence in all cities and villages.

"We are the only pan-Indian party, the only political party with a visible and vibrant position in every village, in every 'basti', in every 'mohalla' of this country. We have a record of accomplishments. We appeal to all sections of society. We articulate and champion the concerns of all, but especially of the weaker sections, Dalits, adivasis, minorities and women," said Gandhi, while addressing the Congress Party's 'Chintan Shivir' at Jaipur today.

Asserting that the Congress has always given the highest priority to the interests and concerns of the farmers and agricultural labours, Gandhi said: " Inclusiveness for us is not a political ploy only to win elections or to be in government, inclusion is anchored in our conviction. It is not the outcome of any compulsion as it may be for our political opponents."

"We are the only party, which believes that development and economic growth on one hand and social harmony and social justice on the other are the two sides of the same coin," she added.

Gandhi pointed out that the Congress Party should look as its strengths and weaknesses.

"But while we continue to be the nation's pre-eminent political party, we must admit that we now face increase competition and inroads have been made into our traditional support base," she said.

Gandhi also lauded Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh-led UPA II Government's revolutionary programmes and historic legislations

"The Congress-led UPA government under Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singhji's leadership has introduced truly revolutionary programmes and enacted historic legislations flowing from our manifestos. Economic growth over the past decade has been impressive and this has had a major impact on reducing poverty. But our fight against poverty is a continuous one," she said.

The Congress top brass, which is meeting here during the two day 'Chintan Shivir' is expected to formulate its strategy for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

The ruling party at the Centre will also discuss the current political, socio-economic and global challenges. (ANI)

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