On a visit to Karnataka to highlight the initiatives of the ruling UPA government, UPA chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi Saturday launched an attack on the opposition BJP, accusing the party of indulging in “zeher ki kheti” (sowing seeds of poison) to attain power.
Addressing a rally in Gulbarga, Sonia said that while other parties hankered after power, Congress was concerned about the country. She said the BJP and other parties were so hungry for power that they are willing to sow the seeds of poison to achieve it.
“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,” she said. “I believe you will not allow those dividing society for their politics to succeed.”
The Hyderabad-Karnataka region, where the UPA has set in motion a series of initiatives, is considered a key region for the Congress in the Lok Sabha polls. The region, encompassing districts of Bidar, Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur, Koppal and Bellary, has a sizeable minorities and backward caste population, which the Congress views 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 Congress is concerned about the future of Hyderabad-Karnataka. Rahulji had promised and as per constitutional provisions, we gave special status to Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur, Koppal, Bellary and Bidar districts.”
Birla said her campaign this time is “very similar” to the last time.