On a visit to Karnataka to highlight the initiatives of the ruling UPA government in bringing development to the impoverished Hyderabad-Karnataka region, UPA chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi launched an attack on the opposition BJP — accusing the BJP of indulging in “zeher ki kheti” (sowing seeds of poison) to attain power, here on Saturday.
Addressing a rally in Gulbarga, located in Hyderabad-Karnataka region, the Congress president claimed that while other parties hankered after power, the Congress was concerned about the country.
The BJP and other parties are hungry for power and are willing to sow the seeds of poison to achieve it, she said.
“I want to ask those who are constantly beating their own drums whether they intend to do good for the country. Their only aim is to capture power and they will resort to any kind of conspiracy to achieve it. You have to be wary of these people and their intentions,” the UPA chairperson said.
“I believe that you will not allow those dividing society for their politics to succeed,” she said.
The impoverished Hyderabad-Karnataka region, where the UPA has set in motion a series of initiatives including special development status to ensure more employment and funds for the region, is considered as a key region for the Congress in the parliament polls this year.
The region encompassing the districts of Bidar, Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur, Koppal and Bellary has a sizeable minorities and backward caste population, whom the Congress view as its traditional vote base.
“We are concerned about alleviating poverty and self-respect for the poor. We want to foster brotherhood among all communities and maintain peace. So, we are in a position to speed up development in country,” Gandhi said.
The BJP, while being a part of the NDA government, had rejected the demand to give the Hyderabad-Karnataka region a special status but the UPA had promised to deliver on this demand of the region and has done so, the AICC president said.
“The Congress is concerned about the future of Hyderabad-Karnataka. Rahulji (Gandhi) had promised and as per constitutional provisions, we gave special status to Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur, Koppal, Bellary and Bidar districts,” she said.
She blamed the previous BJP government in Karnataka for being mired in corruption and failing to make central schemes like the NREGA available to people.
Sonia Gandhi inaugurated an ESI Medical College and the buildings of ESI Hospital, Dental College, and Nursing College, constructed at a cost of Rs 893 crore, during her visit Saturday.