Addressing a rally at Bhatgaon in Surguja Lok Sabha constituency of Chhattisgarh, Gandhi said, "BJP is leaving no stone unturned in crossing every boundary and limit to capture the Prime Minister's chair. This is dangerous for the democracy.”
"Election comes and goes. Somebody wins and somebody loses. But doing anything for winning, branding false as true....Will this sustain our democracy? You have to think about it," Gandhi said.
“Politics is meant for development but some people yearn only for the power and their hunger for the same can make them to go to any extent. This was happening in the country now,” Gandhi further said.
"I know only that the democracy of any country is not safe in the hands of only one person and therefore this time you have to take the decision carefully," she said without naming BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, around whom the saffron party's campaign is centred.
The Congress president alleged that despite the BJP government in Chhattisgarh receiving huge central aid for various schemes, nothing had changed on the ground.
"We never discriminated between the state governments of Congress and those of other parties. We always extended our full cooperation to Chhattisgarh. We gave a huge amount of funds for employment, health, power, roads and many other development works....Centre also supported the state in maintaining law and order....But now you will decide whether the ruling BJP government has done anything for the people ....I am sure the answer will be no," she said.
Though the state had received a large amount of funds under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, local people were still migrating to other states in search of work, she alleged.
"Chhattisgarh government has failed to secure the rights of the tribals. It has openly looted iron and coal of the state to give them away to few persons. Even rivers were given to mafias. I feel really sad for this," she said.
No government had undertaken as much developmental activities as the Manmohan Singh government had, she claimed and added that several important steps taken by the UPA government in the last ten years changed the life of the common man for the better.
Congress's Ram Dev Ram is pitted against BJP's Kamalbhan Singh Marawi in this constituency, which is reserved for the scheduled tribes.


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