Cong not to go for coalition in Karnataka: Sonia

Exuding confidence that her party would get a clear mandate from people in the Karnataka Assembly polls, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said the party would not go in for a coalition arrangement in the state.

“The Congress would not go in for coalition and would not compromise on its principles for power at any cost,” she said, addressing a public meeting at this district headquarters town.

She claimed that only Congress can provide a stable government that would complete its tenure of five years, adding, non-Congress governments have never been successful in Karnataka, where under such governments, the state had suffered loss.

Taking a jibe at the previous JD(S)-BJP government, she said the two parties made many false promises but only “resulted in rampant corruption”.

“We want to provide responsible, transparent and responsive government which will work in tandem with aspirations of the people,” Sonia said.

Rejecting BJP’s allegation that her party was going soft on terrorism, the Congress president sought to hit at the saffron party’s national security plank by pointing out that various terrorist attacks took place under BJP-led NDA rule.

She said: “Our opponents are levelling all kinds of allegations against us. But people know the truth. We cannot tolerate this charge against us of going soft on terrorism.”

“Everybody knows that Congress has always fought against terrorism and even sacrificed its leaders such as Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi”.

“We want to ask the BJP leaders as to who freed the terrorists during Kandahar hijacking. Whether it was attack on Parliament, attack on Akshardham temple in Gujarat or attacks in Kashmir…all these attacks of terrorism happened under the BJP government. Whom are they trying to fool”? she said.

“We do not need certificate on patriotism from such people (BJP)”, Sonia Gandhi said.

On the issue of price rise, she said the UPA government is taking all measures to procure more wheat and rice so that the price stabilises.

Referring to the 33 per cent women’s reservation bill that was tabled in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Sonia said it (reservation for 33 per cent of women) was the “cherished dream” of late Rajiv Gandhi.

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