Mandvi (Gujarat):  Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on sought to tear into Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's claims on development accusing the state government of completely ignoring the welfare of poor and wondered where all the central funds for the state had vanished.

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Addressing an election rally here, Gandhi said the state government has failed in almost every field and even the law and order in the state was not good.

"UPA government has been allocating 1000s of crores of rupees to various states, including Gujarat, without any bias. But nobody knows how this money is spent (in Gujarat). They are not bothered about the poor. They are only concerened about themselves," she said.
    
She said because of the policies of BJP government, the hardships of the common man have increased. "If the government had given attention to your problems, you would not have faced so many problems," Gandhi said.
    
The Congress chief said the UPA government had waived off loans to the debt-ridden farmers but their condition in Gujarat has not changed because of the "anti-people" policies pursued by the BJP govenrnment.
    
"Our government is the government of the farmers. We have waived off loans to farmers," she said.

Gandhi is scheduled to travel to Keshod town of Junagadh district for the second election meeting of the day, party sources said here.

Both areas will go to poll in the first phase of Assembly election on December 13.

These rallies come a day after Congress leader and former deputy Chief Minister Narhari Amin quit the party and joined the BJP.

The Congress is leaving no stone unturned to defeat the BJP and mark their victory in the upcoming assembly polls.

In this regard, the Congress is holding rigorous election campaigns by its national leaders and prominent faces ahead of the polls.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will address a rally in Surat on Sunday. In an attempt to woo the youths, the Congress is also coming up with a road show in several districts of Gujarat by its youth leader Rahul Gandhi.  

Do proper homework before entering Gujarat: Modi to Sonia

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Narendra Modi advised Sonia and Prime Minster Manmohan Singh to do proper homework before making speeches during their visit to the state.

He said this poll would definitely change the direction and position of the Congress, as the people of Gujarat who have great vision will not allow the Congress to win the assembly poll.

 

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Modi dares Sonia to name Congress CM candidate

Modi dared the Congress president to announce her party's Gujarat chief ministerial candidate before visiting the poll-bound state.

"It becomes necessary for Sonia to do so after a Gujarat Congress leader (without naming Shankersinh Vaghela dressed in white kurta pyjama) declared today that he (Vaghela) was the captain of the team (Congress)," Modi told a huge public meeting in Makarapura area here on Thursday night.

Modi poses questions to Sonia, PM


Meanwhile, Modi accused Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of conspiring against farmers.
    
"Why has the Central Government not released a single rupee which their Ministers had promised when they visited the state to review the situation created by deficient rain"? Modi said.
    
In October, the state government had told a visiting team of central ministers that farmers had suffered losses to the tune of Rs 15,000 crore because of deficient rains.
    
Modi also raised the issues of support price for cotton growers, increase in price of fertilisers, imposition of taxes on income of co-operative banks, higher premium on crop insurances and non-payment of Rs 5,000 crore to farmers for debt waiver scheme.
    
"People should demand answers on these issues from Soniaji and the Prime Minister when they come to Gujarat for campaigning," the BJP stalwart said.

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