Rajkot, October 3 : Seeking the support of people to make a "new Gujarat", Congress president Sonia Gandhi today tried to launch a half cooked attack on Gujarat’s Modi government with what BJP described as ‘half-truths’.
While launching Congress party's campaign in Rajkot, Gujarat ahead of the state assembly polls due in December, Sonia Gandhi said, nobody is safe in Gujarat. Farmers are committing suicides. Women are not safe. Dalits get bullets when they demand their rights. But, the fact is that the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) figures comparing incidents of crime with the population of a state, notes Kerala is most affected by crime and Kochi is the most dangerous city.
Bharatiya Janata Party referring to many such statements said, Congress president Sonia Gandhi's speech was a series of half truths. BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said, farmers are committing suicides in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. In Gujarat they are happy because they are getting better price for cotton.
BJP leader Balbir Punj reacted sharply to Sonia’s statement that the opposition had always obstructed the passing of a strong and effective Lokpal Bill in Parliament and growth in Gujarat. He termed her statements as half-truths . He accused the UPA Government of not having the determination or the will to ensure the passage of a strong anti-graft bill.
" She accused the BJP of blocking the Lokpal Bill. The entire world had seen that how the entire opposition sat till midnight to ensure that the bill was passed and we had presented some amendments," said Punj. He further claimed that Gujarat has been progressing under the Narendra Modi-led BJP Government in all parameters.
"Sonia Gandhi talked about a new Gujarat that the Congress will create development and a new Gujarat will be created. Let Congress show one example, they have been ruling in the number of seats that this is the model we have. Do they want Gujarat to go the way of Andhra Pradesh or Kerala or even Assam? There are a number of states, which have completely been ruined both in terms of economy and in terms of administration and governance by the Congress," said Punj.
"And, in contrast, Gujarat has been moving up, up and up by all parameters of development. This is a fact not only recognised by the people of Gujarat, not only recognised by the people of India as a whole, but the world over," he added.
Sonia Gandhi earlier in the day claimed that the Congress Party is responsible for all development that Gujaratis are now enjoying.
Gandhi, who kicked off the Congress Party's campaign in poll-bound Gujarat, said that the opposition was responsible for raking up baseless allegations while larger issues were going unnoticed.
"The Congress has laid down the foundation for growth in Gujarat. The Congress has tried to live up to its ideals, we have come a long way and still have miles to go. It is unfortunate that our opponents only see darkness and cannot see the development. The work the Congress has done for the development of Gujarat, no one else has done," said Gandhi.
"The opposition always misleads people about our development-oriented policies. It is the habit of some people to take credit for the work done by other people, let them do it," she added.
Taking a jibe at the main opposition on the issue of corruption, Gandhi said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is not ready for dialogue in Parliament to counter graft.
"The whole country is concerned about corruption today. We are too. The UPA brought in the Right to Information Act. People against whom there were corruption charges; the law has taken its course,” said Gandhi.