Amethi: Countering BJP leader Narendra Modi's attack on graft issue, Congress president Sonia Gandhi today said those levelling allegations against Congress were “neck-deep” in corruption and challenged BJP to tell what action its governments in states had taken to punish the people involved in scams.
Campaigning for Rahul Gandhi, the Congress president struck a personal note saying her son has worked with “dedication and hardwork” in the “karmabhoomi” of Gandhis and acknowledged the “affection” shown by the people of the constituency towards Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi.
This was perhaps one of those rare times that the Congress President mentioned Priyanka's name in a party rally.
A section in the Congress has been batting for a “bigger role” for her daughter in the party.
Slamming the BJP for levelling allegations against Congress to “hide their misdeeds”, Gandhi said “they are spreading all kinds of canards against us”.
“Those who are neck-deep in corruption are leveling allegations against us.... Congress has given RTI through which a number of corruption cases were exposed and action was taken against those found guilty. I challenge (BJP) to tell what action was taken in the states ruled by them.... Nothing happened,” she said at a rally.
She said that while Congress has swiftly acted against those involved in scams, BJP has done nothing against the people accused of corruption. Gandhi also accused BJP governments in states of discriminating on the basis of caste, creed, religion and area, unlike Congress, “whose ideology is of equality and unity”.
She also hit back at BJP for accusing Congress of policy paralysis, saying that measures like Right to Education, Food Security Act, Land Acquisition Act and MNRGEA “did not fall from the sky”.