Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi Friday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for "dividing people in the name of region and religion and making false assurances on rehabilitation of flood affected people."
Addressing a public gathering at Chanderkote Ramban, Sonia said the polls are taking place at a time when people are yet to come out of the devastation caused by the September floods and "I feel very bad about discussing politics at this juncture."
She said "to lure voters of J&K, BJP leaders visited the state during floods and promised sky. But on ground, they did nothing. They didn't give even what the state asked for."
She said BJP is "playing politics of regionalism and communalism by dividing people in the name of region and religion."
"BJP can change its colour anytime. They can stoop to any level to achieve their so-called mission," Sonia said. "But people of the state can defeat these communal forces by voting for Congress, which stands for unity and communal harmony."
Highlighting steps taken by UPA government for development of Jammu and Kashmir, Sonia said Congress during its tenure always believed in equitable development of all three regions of the state viz. Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
"We feel that poorest of the poor deserve to live with dignity and Congress always strived to provide that right to its citizens," Sonia said, adding that Congress "brought Food Security Bill in the state to ensure food for everyone but due to lethargic approach of coalition partner, National Conference, it could not be implemented in the state."
She also blamed NC for "being slow in carrying forward developmental projects sanctioned by UPA for the state."