Opposition creating instability to grab power: Sonia

Jaipur, June 20 (IANS) United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi Thursday hit out at the opposition parties, accusing them of being involved in a conspiracy to create instability in the country to stall the government's public welfare schemes and grab power.

"We want to bring the Food Security Bill, so that no one sleeps hungry in the country. But if the opposition parties had not opposed it in parliament, we would have enacted the bill.

"It is unfortunate that opposition parties have made it a habit to prevent the Congress from launching public welfare schemes," she said, while addressing a gathering at Suratgarh, some 550 km from Jaipur.

"I want to tell you that some parties are involved in creating instability in the country so that they can grab the chair. When there is instability in a country, public welfare and development works get badly affected," she said.

Gandhi was on a visit to Rajasthan Thursday to lay foundation stone of two units of 660 MW power plant each at Suratgarh in Sriganganagar district, while in Nagaur's Jayal town, she inaugurated a Rs 2,938-crore drinking water supply project.

Accusing the opposition of trying to grab power at any cost, Gandhi said that she wanted people to be vigilant about their intentions of creating instability.

She also praised Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for launching various public welfare schemes.

"Under his (Gehlot) leadership, the production of electricity has increased to a great extent. Rajasthan is now producing 1200 MW of electricity," she said.

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