"We have fulfilled most of the promises (that were) made last time before people," Gandhi said while addressing her first election meeting in Bihar's Sasaram Parliamentary constituency.

Without naming Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi who has accused the UPA government of failing to fulfill promises made during the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, Gandhi said the UPA government has implemented MNREGA for job guarantee in rural areas and provided an opportunity for education to all through Right to Education.

She said to ensure that no one goes without food, the government implemented the Food Security Act in the country.

Gandhi said the UPA government has also promulgated a new land acquisition act to protect the rights of land holders.

"Our rivals are levelling baseless charges against the UPA government and accusing us of doing nothing. It is far from the truth," she said.

In a reference to Modi's claims of rampant corruption, Sonia said the UPA brought the Right to Information Act to fight corruption.

She said the Congress' aim is women empowerment. "UPA has launched several schemes for it and provided scholarship to girls for education," the Congress president said.

Sonia said the best example of the Congress's commitment to women empowerment is Meira Kumar, sitting Congress MP from Sasaram who became the first woman Lok Sabha speaker.

She said the Congress manifesto has promised the right to health and added that communal harmony and peace are essential for the development of the country.

Sonia cautioned people that the country is passing through an exam and people have to decide carefully whom to vote for.

Sonia’s jibe at Nitish Kumar

Gandhi also took a jibe at the BJP and Nitish Kumar for "changing face from time to time" and said that they could not be true friends of the people.
    
"The country is passing through an examination and those changing face from time to time cannot be your true friends," Gandhi said while campaigning for Congress candidate and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.

"People change face from time to time and to shield their failures they blame Congress. They are throwing dust in eyes of people only for sake of the chair," she said during her 15-minute address here.

"They want to seize democracy in their fist," she said in her maiden poll campaign in Bihar, adding that Congress was needed for development and communal harmony in the country.
    
Gandhi also attacked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar without naming him.
    
"Some people in a bid to shield their failure blame the Congress," she said.

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