All India Mahila Congress president and former Minister Anita Varma on Tuesday defended the United Progressive Alliance government’s decision to reduce the number of subsidised LPG cylinders to households to six and said that the step would save India from going bankrupt.
Speaking to presspersons here, she said that the value of the rupee was coming down and some economic reforms such as reduction of LPG cylinders and increasing the price of petroleum products were necessary. With these measures, the rupee became stabilised, she said.
When pointed out that whenever the Congress was in power, the people were put to hardship through price hike, Ms. Varma said that this had been done even by the National Democratic Alliance government headed by the Bharatiya Janata Party and such measures become necessary to ensure economic growth.
Ms. Varma said that the Mahila Congress had worked well and was able to reach the panchayat and booth levels by enlisting the support of the local women. This would help boost the image of the party in the Assembly elections. It would highlight the mistakes committed by the BJP government which affected women in the State, she added.
She alleged that some State governments run by the Opposition parties were renaming programmes meant for the poor announced and funded by the Union government. She said that the Mahila Congress members should educate the people about this.
Maheswari, vice-chairperson of All india Mahila Congress, was present.
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee on Tuesday re-launched its programme, “Come to Congress, bring about a change”, at Rajendra Nagar here. It was addressed by KPCC president G. Parameshwara, the former Railway Minister C.K. Jaffer Sharief, MLA N.A. Haris and Congress Chief Whip in the Legislative Council R.V. Venkatesh. The programme was suspended a couple of months ago due to drought.
Dr. Parameshwara said that the Congress Legislature Party would meet on Thursday to discuss the Cauvery issue.
Mr. Haris and Mr. Venkatesh told the gathering that the BJP government had failed to provide drinking water to the people. It was the Congress legislators who organised clean drinking water for those in slums. They called upon slum-dwellers not to waste their votes by supporting the BJP again and instead elect the Congress to serve them better. The BJP government, they said, had failed in ensuring removal of garbage in Bangalore.