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Sonia Gandhi, NaMo lock horns over central funds, Sir Creek

Friday, 14 December 2012 - 1:08pm IST Updated: Friday, 14 December 2012 - 1:09pm IST | Place: Kalol (Gujarat)Anand (Gujarat) | Agency: PTI

Campaigning for the second phase of Gujarat election to be held on December 17, Gandhi blamed the state government for not utilising funds provided by the central government under various projects.
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Sonia Gandhi and Narendra Modi locked horns on Friday after the Congress president charged that Central funds were misused by the Gujarat government and the chief minister was "inciting" people by raising concerns over border security through the Sir Creek issue.

Responding to Sonia's charges, Modi took a jibe at the Congress chief, asking her to do her "homework" before coming to the state for election campaign. He accused her of trying to mislead the people.

In an attempt to connect with the voters, Gandhi also spoke briefly in Gujarati making an appeal to them to return the Congress candidates with huge margins. Campaigning for the second phase of the Assembly polls on Monday ends on Saturday.

Gandhi charged that Central funds were misused by the Gujarat government to harp on false development claims and "fake image building". Without taking Modi's name, Sonia, while addressing a poll rally in Kalol town of Gandhinagar district, said, "Our UPA government for agriculture development, water harvesting...and for other such type of schemes has made large funds available to them...which is the right of Gujarat also".

"But, those funds are mis-utilised here to trumpet false claims of development and for your fake image building," Gandhi said targeting Modi.

She said UPA government provided 50% more funds to Gujarat than the BJP-led NDA government. "To benefit some special people and businessmen, all these schemes were used for them. Common man is not getting any benefit," the Congress leader alleged.

She also alleged that the issue of Sir Creek was being raised for "political interest" and asserted that her government will not allow anyone to play with the unity of nation at any cost. Modi has been raising the issue of Sir Creek in each public meeting that he has been addressing in the state in the last two days.

"They are trying to incite the people by taking up the issue of borders of our country, national unity and intergrity...which is also against our party...whose leaders like Indira Gandhiji and Rajiv Gandhiji, for national unity and integrity had laid down their lives," Gandhi said.

"We at any cost...at any cost will not allow anyone to play with the unity of nation," she asserted.

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