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Updated: October 11, 2009 19:09 IST

Sonia campaigns in Haryana; accuses NDA of discrimination

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi. A file picture.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi. A file picture.

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Sunday said that while the Congress ensured equitable and uniform development in all areas, the NDA rule was biased against States ruled by her party.

In her 13-minute address to an election rally here on the last day of campaigning in poll-bound Haryana, Ms. Gandhi said that while the BJP discriminated against the Congress-ruled States, the UPA government at the Centre and the Congress government in Haryana ensured a uniform development.

“During the BJP-led NDA rule, there had been drought in Rajasthan while some other States were affected by flood, but they never helped the States where Congress was in power,” Ms. Gandhi said.

“They (NDA) used to provide all help to their own people, but never helped us. We never discriminated against any area,” she added.

Noting that the budget in Haryana has witnessed a five-time increase under Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda (from Rs 2300 crore during INLD-BJP rule to over Rs 11,000 crore now), Ms. Gandhi claimed that people across the State have gained from it unlike in the past when only a particular area or only selected few people reaped the benefits.

The Congress president earlier addressed a rally at Nuh in backward Mewat district, which has a sizable Muslim population, on the last day of campaigning for the October 13 polls in Haryana.

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