All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Sonia Gandhi today accused Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leadership of playing politics over distribution of relief and rehabilitation in the state. She also said that despite unfavorable environment for holding assembly elections in the state, Congress party will emerge victorious in all the three regions of the state.
Addressing a public meeting at Bandipora in north Kashmir in support of Congress candidate Usman Majid Wani, Sonia Gandhi said that ruling BJP leadership at the centre are only making hollow promises in providing relief and rehabilitation but on ground they are providing nothing and are playing politics over it.
She said that state is facing natural disaster and instead of playing politics over it, the relief and rehabilitation should have been started in rapid pace. She also said that the rehabilitation process is very show. When UPA was at the helm of affairs in the state, it did everything for Kashmir.
“When the earthquake hit Valley in 2005, the UPA did everything to relieve people from the trauma and miseries. During UPA rule Wullar beautification project was sanctioned and a new air strip and two regional councils were promised,” she said.
AICC president said that Congress party has a traditional relation with the people of the state and party has also done lot of developmental work for the people of the state.
“The Congress party never believed in hollow slogans and promises, we believe, what we say. The Congress party on developmental front left no stone unturned in developing the State,” she said.
She also appreciated the role youths in rescuing the people stranded floods. She also said that the youth of Kashmir did whatever was possible. She said that Congress has an all-weather relation with people of Kashmir as her family roots bring her to Kashmir time and again.
She urged upon people to vote for Congress and keep communal forces at bay. “Congress has a secular history and it believes in secularism. I appeal to you all to vote for Congress party and keep communal forces at bay,” she said.
The election rally was also addressed by State Congress president, Saif-u-Din Soz and former Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress state Incharge Ambika Soni and party candidate Usman Majid.
Ghulam Nabi Azad on the occasion said that congress party is the lone party in the state which has a secular agenda and other parties are involved in dividing people on regional and communal lines.
He also appealed people to vote in large numbers in support of Congress candidates so that Congress party will form its government of its own.
Prof Soz on the occasion said that voting in support of BJP means to support the agenda of RSS and communal forces. He appealed people to support the Congress candidates in large numbers so that Congress will form the government of its own.