Sonia sidesteps Narendra Modi’s attack

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Rajkot: Congress President Sonia Gandhi today avoided Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s attack on her and the Centre demanding details of expenses on her foreign travels and said she was not bothered about personal attacks on her.

“Whenever we have taken steps in the interest of the nation, there have been all kinds of attacks against us…Neither have we bothered earlier, nor will we worry about them in future,” she said launching the party’s poll campaign in Gujarat at a farmers’ convention here. .
Making a scathing attack on the BJP and the Gujarat Chief Minister, Gandhi said there was a “huge difference” between their preachings and practice on the issue of corruption.

Alleging that the BJP-ruled states were “neck-deep” in corruption, she said the party was not ready to act despite evidence and CAG reports against them.

“There is a difference between their preachings and practice…They are not ready to act against their states on the issue of corruption even though there is evidence and CAG reports against them,” she said.

Gandhi also lashed out at the BJP for not allowing the passing of the Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha and attacked the opposition party for not allowing Parliament to function. She also noted that Gujarat government had not appointed a Lokpal for the last eight years.

“They are not against corruption, they are against us…Those who do not allow Parliament to function talk about being against corruption…Are they against the Government or the Constitution and the democracy of the country? I leave it for you to decide as you are sensible to understand this,” she said.

She used the farmers rally to make a strong pitch for FDI in retail, saying the move would help farmers get remunerative prices for their produce by selling it directly in cities.She wondered as to why there was so much hue and cry over allowing FDI in retail when it is not mandatory for all states to implement.

Without directly naming Modi, Gandhi questioned why the people of the country were being misled on the FDI in retail decision.

She also alleged that atrocities on women were being committed in Gujarat and that Dalits seeking their rights were being fired upon.

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