Sonia asks people to oust BJP govt in Uttarakhand
PTI ROORKI ALLEGING “loot” of natural resources and corruption in implementing central schemes in Uttarakhand, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday asked people in the hill state to recognise the “fraud” being played with them and oust the BJP government from the state.
“If the land, soil, water and hills of Uttarakhand are sold or leased at throwaway prices, then it is not progress but a fraud with people of the state.
“For last many years, this fraud is being played with the people of Uttarakhand and efforts are being made to hide this loot and dishonesty through various means,” Ms.
Gandhi said here kick-starting the party’s election campaign in the state.
Attacking the B. C
Khanduri government of the state in her very first election speech in the state, Ms.
Gandhi gave clear indications that the party would try to make a huge issue of the mining leases in the state over which Congress had also come out with a charge sheet.
Ridiculing BJP’s decision to replace former Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank with Mr. Khanduri months before the elections, Ms.
Gandhi said when the state government could not hide corruption and the “mask of honesty of the then CM got lost”, BJP “changed its Chief Minister but not its deeds yet”.
“A failed attempt was made to cheat you by changing the Chief Minister as it (BJP) sought to give an impression that it had changed. But truth is that nothing changed. The status of the loot and dishonesty is such that only 10 per cent of MNREGA fund given to the state could reach people,” she said.
The Congress president said the level of the state government’s carelessness is such that only 40 per cent of the money given to it under the job scheme could be utilised.
“You will have to change this government of Uttarakhand...oust BJP. I am confident you will do this and give the Congress a majority here,” she said.