Leaders of other fronts are power hungry: Sonia

May 1st, 2009 - 8:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Sonia Gandhi Jaipur, May 1 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi Friday said various leaders, who claim to be prime ministerial candidates, are “power hungry” and are “least bothered” about the welfare of the people.
“Every leader of these fronts seems to be hungry for power and least bothered about welfare of the country and people. Their aim is only to grab power and chair. However, the Congress party’s aim is to serve the women, youth and children of the country,” she said at a rally in Rajasthan’s Sriganganagar, over 500 km from here.

While calling upon the people to vote for the Congress, Sonia Gandhi highlighted the achievements of Manmohan Singh’s government.

She highlighted the United Progressive Alliance’s popular schemes like NREGA, the farmers’ loan waiver and the Indo-US nuclear power deal.

“The UPA alliance is committed to carrying forward all the development schemes and pending projects, if voted to power,” she said.

Castigating the opposition, Sonia Gandhi said: “We do not believe in hollow and false promises, we only believe in work. The UPA has already shown that by undertaking various welfare schemes.”

“Our party’s policies were never meant for any single religion or a particular caste but these were holistic and for the welfare of everyone regardless of communities.”

Sonia Gandhi termed the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance regime 1999-2004 as “an era of darkness”.

“The country’s borders were unsafe during the period,” she added.

Sonia Gandhi also thanked the public for bringing back the Congress government in Rajasthan.

“We will see to it that all promises made during the assembly polls are fulfilled,” she said.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and other leaders also addressed the meeting.

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