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Appreciating the people of Jammu and Kashmir for participating in the ongoing assembly elections with enthusiasm, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said that her party had worked for the development of the state keeping no bias.
“My heart is filled with sorrow, I thank you all for waiting for me and I know it has been a while. Poor people of the border areas have suffered a great deal in the last few days. The lives of the martyrs didn’t go for a waste and my heart goes out for them.” Sonia Gandhi opens the rally after arriving at the venue one and a half late. She was accompanied by Azad and Soz.
Confronting the current state government of National Conference led by Omar Abdullah, Sonia compared the relief work during the 2005 earthquake which had been much faster. “When Ghulam Nabi Azad was Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, the state witnessed an earthquake, the relief work was faster than what is being done after floods. Why is the relief work after floods slow?” asked Sonia.
She also confronted BJP, ” Congress will always be present for you. BJP came into power with big talks and massive promises. They are a clan which will turn their backs on the promises in no time. People thought that BJP’s entry will turn everything around into a paradise and now 6 months are done with and the ‘ache din‘ are nowhere to be seen. The issue of black money also stayed in talks. Bjp promised you cheaper medicines but changed their policy after coming into power to gratify the rich industrialists.”
Sonia Gandhi has been steering a brisk campaign in Jammu and Kashmir, which is currently in the midst of crucial assembly elections.
The valley had witnessed 58% voter turnout in the third phase of the assembly elections and 72 per cent polling in the first two phases.
The fourth and fifth phase of the assembly elections will take place on December 14 and December 20 respectively. The result of the polling will be announced on December 23.