Kalol, Gujarat: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi today took on Narendra Modi's development plank, charging that the Gujarat government "misused" Central funds to benefit some people leaving the common man in the lurch.
Addressing her first campaign rally for the second phase of elections, she said UPA government provided 50 percent more funds to Gujarat than the BJP-led NDA government.
"To benefit some special people and businessmen, all these schemes were used for them. Common man is not getting any benefit.
"Government every year gives 3,128 MW of electricity to Gujarat. It is selling 800 MW to earn profits. This is injustice to people who are waiting for electricity connections," Gandhi said.
She said the Congress is not fighting for just power in Gujarat but for development of the state. Gandhi also spoke about a series of initiatives taken by the UPA government like RTI and RTE.
Breaking into Gujarati to ask people to vote for her party, Gandhi said that the Narendra Modi led government was misleading people in the name of development and making false promises.
Campaigning for the second phase of Gujarat election to be held Dec 17, Gandhi blamed the state government for not utilising funds provided by the central government under various projects.
"The Gujarat government is misleading people in the name of development. Congress doesn't make empty promises like others and we will implement all that we promise if voted to power."
Asserting that the state government had failed to achieve overall development, Gandhi said: "Unemployment rate is high in the state and over 20 lakh people are homeless."
"Gujarat government has failed to take care of weaker sections. The state government is protecting the corrupt and punishing the innocent," she said.
The Congress chief said she would not let anyone play with the security and integrity of the nation.
The first phase of elections Thursday saw a high voter turnout of 68 percent. The counting of votes will be held on 20 December.
First Published On : Dec 14, 2012 13:24 IST