In her first election meeting in the state on Tuesday,Congress president Sonia Gandhi accused the Opposition of misusing the name of warrior king Shivaji for selfish political ends and called on the people not to vote for those who played with the emotions of people and did not have clear programmes or policies.
Addressing a rally in Nashik in North Maharashtra,Sonia sought votes for the Congress-NCP,saying the party did not differentiate between people based on their language,religion or region and said it was a party of the masses.
Speaking on the work done by the Congress-led UPA government,Sonia harped on the loan waiver for farmers,the rural employment guarantee scheme,increase in the minimum support price for onions and grapes and improvement in irrigation facilities. She said work is progressing on the multi-laning of the Mumbai-Agra NH 3,Mumbai-Nashik expressway,opening of a cargo complex and inclusion of Nashik in the Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor that would help increase employment opportunities. Sonia also stressed the Congress-NCP promise to provide foodgrains at Rs 3 per kg up to 25 kg.
At a rally in Nanded,home district of CM Ashok Chavan,Sonia criticised communal parties for their divide and rule politics and said they had nothing to do with progress.