Development is done by hard work, not through hollow promises: Sonia

Development is done by hard work, not through hollow promises: Sonia

Congress president Sonia Gandhi today alleged that flood-hit people of Jammu and Kashmir were "bearing the brunt of hollow promises" made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who she claimed was playing politics over the "miseries" of people.

"Prime Minister came here recently and made a long list of promises. He announced some package but what is the ground reality. The reality is what you know and you are bearing the brunt of hollow promises," Gandhi said addressing an election rally in south Kashmir's Shangus constituency here, which is going to polls in the fourth phase on December 14.

She said this was not the time to play politics.  "This is the time to address your miseries. This is the time to provide you shelter, food and take care of your daily needs. But the Modi-led Central government is not paying any attention," the Congress president alleged.

"Why relief efforts are moving slowly?" Gandhi asked as she reminded people about the response of Congress-led UPA government at the Centre when the state was hit by a devastating earthquake in 2005.

Praising the people for high voter turnout in the ongoing Assembly polls, the Congress president said the elections came at a time when the people were struggling with the pain caused by the floods.

"Despite that, the enthusiasm with which you participated in the democratic exercise I salute your determination," she said.

"Our vision for Jammu and Kashmir's development and social uplift is clear. The developmental works are done by hard work and not through hollow promises," Gandhi said.

She added, "Showing dreams is easy but realising these dreams for the progress of the nation is not easy when the community is divided on creed and cast."

She said everyone should get an equal right on the profits of the development.

"Congress governments have done that. There are people of every community in Kashmir. People of different religions have right to worship and for this Congress entered into a coalition with those who believe in secularism to keep communal forces away from the state.

"However, sometime, in a coalition government we are not able to prove what we want to do," she said urging the people to vote the party to power.

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