November 14, 2011

Rahul Gandhi selling big dreams to people: BJP

New Delhi, Nov 14 (PTI) BJP today attacked Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, saying he was selling big dreams to the people of Uttar Pradesh while the UPA at the Centre had failed to alleviate the sufferings of the poor.

"UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi had said recently that mere speeches are not going to remove corruption. Similarly, the condition in Uttar Pradesh is not going to change with speeches. Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has spoken about the welfare of the poor while his party has been playing politics with them," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.

He maintained that Congress had long back given the slogan of "garibi hatao (remove poverty)" but the number of those living below the poverty line has actually gone up during Congress rule.

"The price of petro products has been increased 24 times by this government. Sugar is selling at Rs 50 while pulses cost Rs 100 per kg," Hussain said.

BJP has targeted the Congress and the UPA government on the issues of corruption and price rise in the past few months.

"The money that could have helped in removing poverty was lost in the Rs 1.76 Lakh crore 2G spectrum scam. We will not sit quiet and want an answer," Hussain said.

He mentioned the Commonwealth Games scam, saying Rs 70,000 crore had been blown away and it had only served the purpose of making some Congress leaders rich.

On atrocities against the dalits of UP, BJP said Rahul Gandhi was silent on the oppression of dalits in Congress-ruled Haryana and the minority community in Gopalgarh, Rajasthan.