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Monday , March 31 , 2014
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BJP all empty talk: Sonia Promises fulfilled, says Cong chief

Sonia Gandhi tries on a japi at the rally in Lakhimpur in Assam on Sunday. Picture by UB Photos

Lakhimpur, March 30: Congress president Sonia Gandhi today took a dig at the BJP saying the party only talks but does not deliver.

Addressing a 5,000-strong crowd near the district library of Lakhimpur town, the UPA chairperson said: “The opposition parties, particularly the BJP, are going roundthe country indulging in big talk but what did their government do when they were in power at the Centre? There is a big difference between talking and working.”

Wearing a traditional Mising mekhela sador, Sonia arrived this morning at Lilabari airport, about 9km from Lakhimpur town, around 11.40. Lakhimpur town is about 230km from Tezpur and 410km from the state capital of Guwahati.

The UPA chairperson had come to campaign for the Congress candidate for Lakhimpur parliamentary constituency, Ranee Narah, ahead of the April 7 elections. “We have fulfilled almost all promises made in the 2009 manifesto. We will do the same with the 2014 manifesto and we need your support for this,” she said.

“We do not make false promises. What we promise, we deliver. The Congress believes in ‘har haath shakti, har haath tarakki (each hand is power, each hand is progress),” Sonia said.

Mounting an attack on the BJP, she said the Opposition is just engaged in dividing the country. She asked the people not to be swayed by the “false promises of the Opposition but be guided by their own good sense and take a decision to support the Congress and vote for their candidates”.

She said the BJP and the AGP are beating the drums of nationalism but people of the Northeast know real nationalism. “The people of the Northeast know real nationalism, hope you will not be mislead by those who are simply beating the drums of nationalism,” the Congress president said.

She also targeted Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. “There is a face-off of two ideologies. On one hand, there is Congress that worked towards uniting people and on the other hand, there are forces that always tried to spread hatred and divide people,” she said.

Congress MLA Pradan Barua, Raju Sahu, Bolin Chetia and ministers Rajiv Lochan Pegu and Bharat Narah welcomed the UPA chairman. Sonia spoke for about 12 minutes.