Taking on Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi while launching Congress’ election campaign for October 15 polls in Haryana on Saturday accused him of trying to “show off” as if everything has been done only after his government came to power and asked the Prime Minister what happened to his promise of bringing back the black money stashed abroad.
In a swipe at Modi, she said that empty vessels make the most noise.
“Being loud doesn’t mean you are speaking the truth.”
“They are creating such an atmosphere as if nothing has happened in the country since Independence and they will change everyone’s fortunes overnight. Have any steps been taken to fulfil the promises made during the Lok Sabha elections.
“Has inflation come down? Is the poor man getting food at cheaper rate? Have the unemployed got jobs?
“What happened to their promise of getting back the black money from abroad within 100 days of coming to power. Have any steps been taken in this regard? Absolutely not,” Gandhi said in a blistering attack on Modi at a rally, hours after he urged voters in Haryana to oust the Congress, targeting it over alleged land scams and “anti-farmer” policies.
Gandhi, who sought votes for the Congress on the basis of development work done during the last ten years, charged BJP with taking credit for policies framed by previous UPA government.
She asked the people not to get swayed by emotions and false promises and vote wisely to bring back the Congress to power in Haryana for accelerated development.
Accusing BJP government of hijacking UPA’s schemes, Gandhi said, “They enjoy taking credit for work done by others. When UPA was in power, they criticised our policies and made fun of them . . . but now they are implementing our policies after changing their names, but Congress is not one of those parties which take credit of work done by others.”
She cautioned voters against being swayed by parties who split before elections only to join hands later to gain power.
Notably, BJP and Haryana Janhit Congress separated recently while the saffron party had earlier snapped ties with INLD. BJP, however, has made it clear that it will not have any post-poll alliance with the Om Prakash Chautala led INLD.
Gandhi said that under the Congress government headed by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the state had scaled new heights of development.
Targeting main opposition INLD, Sonia Gandhi alleged that ten years back, there was an atmosphere of terror and anarchy. She claimed other parties lacked vision for Haryana’s development.
“Those who spread terror, indulge in ransom, caste based politics and have never done anything else, they cannot carry out development,” she said, adding they are showing “false dreams to the people”.
Seeking a clear mandate for the Congress, Gandhi told the people that the October 15 polls were very important.
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Congress General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed, state Congress chief Ashok Tanwar and Rohtak MP Deepinder Singh Hooda also addressed the rally.