Sushma slams Cong, defends Gadkari as Himachal hots up

Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj started her poll campaign in Himachal Pradesh by flaying the UPA government and accused it for not being empathetic towards the aam aadmi.

In her speech in Sundernagar on Thursday, Sushma slammed the Congress, blaming its 'wrong' policies and corrupt ministers for price rise and said that people should compare the work done by the Congress and the BJP before choosing their government.

It was Sushma Swaraj's first campaign in Himachal Pradesh

She added that she hoped for a good outcome in the polls since it was the first time she was campaigning for her party in the State.

Sushma Swaraj also defended party president Nitin Gadkari saying that he has not been hiding from the media. "Gadkariji has come out in the open and answered questions on many television channels. He has also asked the government to probe the allegations against him," she said.

She took a dig on the UPA government over LPG caps, adding "Prices have skyrocketed every time the Congress has come into power".

Last week Sonia Gandhi during her campaign in Himachal Pradesh had accused the BJP of not making any efforts to take the benefits of Central schemes to the poor and needy in the state.

The Congress President had said Central funds to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore allocated to the state had lapsed last year, as the BJP government did not make adequate efforts to implement various Central schemes in the state.

The polls in Himachal are scheduled to be held on 4 November, while the counting will be conducted on 20 December.