Sonia slams Oppn for politics of disruption

Last Updated: Sun, Nov 04, 2012 08:49 hrs

New Delhi: Endorsing the economic reforms of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and calling corruption a cancer, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said the Opposition itself is neck-deep in taint and so they stalled parliamentary proceedings and prevented passage of important legislations like the anti-graft Lokpal Bill.

At a mega rally to rejuvenate the party workers at New Delhi's Ramlila Maidan on Sunday, Sonia Gandhi speaking after son Rahul and the PM said Congress will fight corruption and no one found guilty would be spared.

He said the opposition is playing negative politics by stalling parliament.

"These people do not want welfare laws to be passed. They are themselves involved in the issues which we want to discuss in parliament and so they do not want discussion," she said.

She said those digging the well for others would fall in the well itself already dug for them.

"Corruption is a cancer I admit and we will fight it. No one would be spared. We have brought the revolutionary RTI law," she said.

She said the BJP stalled Lokpal in parliament, "but we will pass it and we will be successful."

She there is a need for investment in the country to create employment for crores and FDI is one such measure.

"Youths will get jobs," she said regretting the hard decisions and price rise.

"I know how the poor are battling price rise. I can understand it and we want to fight economic difficulty. But world markets forced us to take some strong decisions," she explained.

Before Sonia Gandhi, claiming that his government created crores of jobs and has set in motion the infrastructure development of the nation, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sought to dispel people's 'misconception' on the hard decisions he took while effecting the economic reforms and reducing LPG subsidy.

He said misinformation is being spread on FDI issue and people should not heed to such campaigns.

The PM batted for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail and said FDI will boost investment and improve economy while reduction of subsidy would strengthen the economy and create jobs.

He said those states opposing FDI can resist it while eventually everyone would see reason and support it.

He said the government is fighting corruption and trying to bring the Lokpal Bill and enact laws to protect the whistleblowers.

Before the PM, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi made a strong pitch for the Congress party saying it is the outfit in India that worked for common man, gave RTI to people and fought for farmers.

"We gave National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA). We gave Indians the RTI (Right to Information Act). You can ask any question on government now, common people benefitted from it," he said.

"We have waived farm loan. The opposition opposed for the sake of opposing and without any thinking," he said, as he slammed the opposition for opposing everything in Parliament and outside.

"We will work more for the common people in coming days," he said.

Congress supporters in hordes poured into the Ramlila Maidan on Sunday to attend the mega rally by the ruling party of India, creaking under relentless attacks by opposition and activists over price rise, economic reforms and corruption.

Congress workers from Delhi region as well as Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab arrived since morning to listen to party president Sonia Gandhi, General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and Prime MInister Manmohan Singh.

Congress supporters shouted slogans and waved party flags and posters in the build up to the rally which led to deployment of about 10,000 policemen and 800 traffic personnel.

The Delhi Police have a tough job in tackling the crowd while travel advisories have been issued for the common people asking them to avoid certain roads.

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