NORTH LAKHIMPUR, March 30 � The Congress today speeded up its poll campaign in 14 Lakhimpur Lok Sabha Constituency as AICC president Sonia Gandhi participated in an election rally in support of its candidate Ranee Narah.
Addressing a huge crowd at the North Lakhimpur Govt HS School playground, Sonia Gandhi, who is also the chairperson of the UPA, said that the Congress party fulfilled all the electoral promises it had made in its poll manifestoes during the last ten years and would fulfil those included this time too. The AICC president said that the Congress-led UPA government had empowered and enabled the people legally to benefit from various rights, i.e., from RTI to MGNREGA, Right to Food Bill etc., Prime Minister�s 15-Point Programme for the Development of ST, SC Students, MAK Azad Scholarship Scheme for girl students of the minority community, free health and medicine facility, housing for landless people, pension scheme for elderly persons, and welfare schemes for tea-garden workers were some of the policies implemented by the Congress-led UPA government during the last ten years, she said.
Sonia Gandhi criticised BJP�s policy of hatred and asked what the party had done while it was in power. Terming the BJP as a party that spreads only rumours, the Congress president said that the party had no contribution in the nation�s freedom struggle.
Sonia Gandhi also spoke about the flood and erosion problems of Majuli and Dhemaji and appreciated the roles played by the concerned departments for their control.
Significantly, she also said that this election is the fight of ideology and urged the voters to vote for the Congress for peace, harmony and development. The rally was also addressed by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who termed the Congress nominee for Lakhimpur as a modern �Mula Gabhoru�, for her courageous role in serving the constituency.
Gogoi rejected the Gujarat Model projected by the BJP for development and said that Assam itself has a development model which needs no other models.
The meeting was also attended by PCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita, Congress general secretary Avinash Pandey and six Congress MLAs of Lakhimpur HPC.