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Only a Congress govt can deliver in UP, says Rahul
Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 18:01 [IST]
Amethi, Feb 8 (PTI) Accusing Mayawati government ofstifling
centrally-sponsored schemes in Uttar Pradesh, RahulGandhi today said
that Congress can ensure development onlyafter it comes into power in
"Programmes are being chalked out in Delhi, but hereproblems are being
faced in their implementation. Frankly,without having a government in
UP, it is not easy to carry outdevelopment works," Rahul said while
addressing a function inconstituency.
"We will make an effort to form a government in UP,then both the
governments will work in tandem," said theCongress General Secretary
who has been leading a campaign torevive the party in the crucial
state where the Congress hasbeen out of power for over two decades.
The Congress'' Lok Sabha tally jumped to 22 from ninein the 2009
general elections in the state which sends 80 MPsto the Lower House.
The party''s strength is just 22 in the403-member UP Assembly,
elections to which are due next year.
Rahul alleged that the benefits of welfare schemeswere not reaching
the targeted population in Uttar Pradesh.
"Earlier there was shortage of funds for developmentworks, but it is
not so now. The problem is that the benefitsare not reaching the
needy," Rahul said.
He said that adequate funds are provided by the Centrefor roads, but
the projects are not carried out properly dueto corruption.
"Ek to sadak banti nahi hai, aur banti hai to chehemahine mein kharab
ho jati hai kyonki contractor badmashi karjata hai (First of all the
roads are not constructed and ifthey are constructed they get damaged
in six month as thecontractors play mischief)," he said.
The Congress leader said that it hurts whendevelopment works were
stifled by the UP government.
"We work our heart out and it really hurts when theyare stopped by the
UP government," he said.
Citing example of the proposed Hindustan paper mill,Rahul claimed that
the project was pending with the stategovernment for the last two
"The project, which could have given job to nearly10,000 people, is
pending with the state government forclearance," he said.
Rahul said that a lot of work has been done in MNREGA,health and
education sector and efforts were being made to domore in future.
He said that the Centre was trying to take the countryahead with a rapid pace.
"The government is making efforts to implement FoodSecurity Act in
days to come," he said.
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