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Sonia campaigns in Haryana, says NDA-rule discriminatory
Published on 11 Oct. 2009 10:28 PM IST
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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi today said that while the Congress ensured equitable and uniform development in all areas, the NDA rule was biased against states ruled by her party. In her 13-minute address to an election rally here on the last day of campaigning in poll-bound Haryana, Sonia said that while the BJP discriminated against the Congress-ruled states, the UPA government at the Centre and the Congress government in Haryana ensured a uniform development. “During the BJP-led NDA rule, there had been drought in Rajasthan while some other states were affected by flood, but they never helped the states where Congress was in power,” Sonia said. “They (NDA) used to provide all help to their own people, but never helped us. We never discriminated against any area,” she added. Noting that the budget in Haryana has witnessed a five-time increase under Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda (from Rs 2300 crore during INLD-BJP rule to over Rs 11,000 crore now), Sonia claimed that people across the state have gained from it unlike in the past when only a particular area or only selected few people reaped the benefits. The Congress President earlier addressed a rally at Nuh in backward Mewat district, which has a sizable Muslim population, on the last day of campaigning for the October 13 polls in Haryana. Highlighting the steps taken by her party for the welfare of farmers, minorities and other weaker sections, Sonia said, the Hooda government had initiated several development schemes, including setting up of Mewat Development Board and Rs 425 crore Rajiv Gandhi drinking water scheme. “When you look back, do you remember any step which the INLD-BJP (when INLD-BJP combine was in power) took for the welfare of the farmers, minorities, ruralites and women,” she asked the gathering in Nuh. Sonia said that the Congress believes that till the time weaker sections are not part of the development, it cannot be complete. “We have to connect these sections and the minorities with mainstream development,” she said in her ten-minute speech in Nuh, reported ZeeNews. In Jhajjar, Sonia talked about how green revolution had been made possible due to the leadership and vision of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and with the efforts and hard work put in by the farmers. Wooing farmers in the agrarian state, Sonia said, “We waived off Rs 71,000 crore loans of farmers, effected record hike in Minimum Support Price of crops and set up a Rs 25,000 crore Agriculture Development Fund.” She also touched upon a number of welfare steps taken for women in Haryana, saying they had been given 50 percent reservation in the Panchayati Raj Institutions. Sonia said that 2.5 lakh poor had been given 100 square yard plots by the Hooda government to construct houses while an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is being set up to to the cater healthcare in the state. Seeking another term for the Congress, she also virtually gave an indication that Hooda may return as Chief Minister in case the party comes to power again. “Hooda, his son (Rohtak MP Deepinder Hooda) and their other colleagues will work harder to ensure a bright future for Haryana,” she said.

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