15 Dec, 2011, 08.23PM IST, PTI
Mayawati never visited 'barren villages' of Bundelkhand, claims Rahul Gandhi
SHAHJAHANPUR(UP): Blaming the Mayawati government for the backwardness
and "barren villages" in Bundelkhand, Congress general secretary Rahul
Gandhi today claimed that the Chief Minister never visited the region
to see what drought and poverty is all about.
"Mayawati never went to Bundelkhand to see what drought is all about
there, and what poverty is," Rahul said while addressing a public meet
in Tilhar area here.
I went there and saw barren villages, Rahul said. "We sent Bundelkhand
package for the development of the region but where Rs 3,000 crores
went nobody knows," the Congress leader alleged.
Referring to the recent visit of Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy
Chairman of Planning Commission, to review implementation of the
special package in the region, Rahul said that he went there and saw
the reality of the package.
Ahluwalia had expressed dissatisfaction over the use of development money.
Gandhi said that union minister for environment, Jayaram Ramesh had
recently stated that there had been massive corruption in MGNREGS in
UP and the health minister had also said that almost Rs 3,000 crores
have been looted.
Rahul attacked BSP and Samajwadi Party for indulging in caste politics
and stressed that it was essential that the state got rid of these two
"You showed full confidence in the BSP and gave it 208 seats (in the
last elections), but did Mayawati come to you or heard your problems,"
Rahul said adding that people (earlier) believed in SP but it also
gave them nothing.
On the contrary they got criminals posted in police stations and the
victims did not get justice, he said adding that both the parties have
cheated the people.
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