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Monday, September 23, 2013

Sonia Gandhi in Rajasthan slams opposition; says they mislead people

Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi laid the foundation stone of a Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) coach factory and a drinking water project at Bhilwara in poll bound Rajasthan.

While addressing the gathering after unveiling plaques for foundation stone, the Congress President accused BJP of hatching conspiracies before elections and misleading people in its hunger for power. Sonia Gandhi said that the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre had empowered people through various measures like RTI, food security and land acquisition while the BJP had nothing to show.
"UPA government empowered people with Right to Information, Right to Education, MGNREGA, and recently gave food security to people and also introduced new land acquisition act in the interest of farmers," she said. "BJP, on the other hand, misleads people and points fingers at the work of Congress governments. Why did they not do such work...who has stopped them from taking such decisions and empowering people?" asked Sonia Gandhi.

"They are just concerned about power and hatch conspiracies before elections. You all need to remain alert from them because they mislead people," said the UPA chairperson. Sonia Gandhi heaped praise on Manmohan Singh government, saying it has started a new era of empowering people.

Earlier, after the stone laying ceremony of a Rs. 37,230-crore refinery and petrochemical complex at Pachpadara in Barmer district, the Congress president stressed that communal peace and harmony has to be maintained for the country's overall development.She said the country's secular ethos require that all communities move forward shoulder-to-shoulder on the path of development. "When your own government ensures an environment of peace and harmony, there is development in every direction, then only there is prosperity. "Every section of society should move forward together shoulder-to-shoulder. This is India's secular culture, and foundation of governance," Sonia Gandhi said.

The MEMU factory was approved in the Railway Budget for 2013-14 at an estimated cost of Rs 800 crore. It is a joint venture between the Railways, the government of Rajasthan and the public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL). The Rajasthan government has provided 518 acres of land free of cost for the project. Once operational, the factory will meet the demand for MEMU Coaches on Indian Railways to a large extent. Besides, it will generate direct and indirect employment and give a thrust to development activities in the region.

 The entire cost of the factory will be incurred by BHEL. At present, MEMU coaches are being manufactured by Rail Coach Factory (RCF), Kapurthala, which has a capacity of 112 coaches per year. The new factory at Bhilwara will meet the growing demand for coaches.

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