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Updated: January 21, 2012 16:41 IST

BJP was forced to change CM: Sonia

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Sonia Gandhi during an election rally in Roorkee on Tuesday. Photo:PTI
Sonia Gandhi during an election rally in Roorkee on Tuesday. Photo:PTI

Taking on the BJP on corruption issue, Sonia Gandhi on Saturday said the party was forced to change its chief minister in Uttarakhand following graft allegations and accused it of “creating a wedge” between the hills and the plains.

“The BJP is responsible for widespread corruption in every nook and corner of the state. It was due to corruption that BJP was forced to change its Chief Minister,” the Congress president said in her second election rally in the hill state in the run-up to the January 30 Assembly polls.

Chief Minister B.S. Khanduri took over as Chief Minister from Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank in September last year in an apparent move by the BJP to lift its sagging image following graft allegations against the government.

”...Through its discriminatory policies, the BJP government is creating a wedge between the plains and the hilly areas of the state,” Ms. Gandhi alleged.

Claiming that Mr. Khanduri government is not providing adequate electricity to the hilly areas of the state, she said, “Only 13 per cent of the total electricity is being made available to the hilly districts.”

“Does the BJP government believe that people living in the hilly areas can manage only with the sun and the moon?” Ms. Gandhi asked.

She pointed out that the BJP had promised that it would provide electricity to each and every village of the state.

“Did it really happen? It certainly did not happen,” she said.

She also accused the state government of stalling the industrialisation process. “New industrial units were not set up. And those which were already set up are being destroyed,” she said.

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