1 May : Addressing an election rally in Sriganganagar, Rajasthan, on Friday Congress President Sonia Gandhi said that the UPA government under Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has fulfilled all promises made to people.
Hailing the UPA government’s achievements in last five years, Gandhi said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has taken a number of initiatives for the welfare of poor, dalit, farmers and youth.
Appealing people to vote for Congress, she said the UPA alliance was committed to carry forward all the development schemes and pending projects, if voted to power.
Accusing the Third and Fourth Fronts of having the "sole aim to grab power", UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi said that every leader of these fronts was power hungry and least bothered about the welfare of the country and people.
Terming the previous NDA regime as "an era of darkness", she said, "NDA’s rule was devoted to spreading hatred in the name of religion and caste and poisoning the society."
"Country’s borders were unsafe during the period," she added.
Expressing her gratitude to public for bringing back the Congress government in Rajasthan, she said all promises made during the assembly polls will be fulfilled.
Congress’ policies and approach were never meant for any single religion or a particular caste but these were holistic and for the welfare of everyone regardless of communities, she said.
She highlighted the UPA government’s popular schemes like NREGA, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Bharat Nirman, farmers’ loan waiver, and nuclear power deal.
Recalling the sacrifices of Sriganganagar’s martyrs in India’s freedom movement, she said they had laid down their lives in protection and security of the border.
She also praised local farmers for their contribution to increase country’s agriculture production.
The Congress President was accompanied by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, PCC President C P Joshi and AICC functionaries.