Politics | Updated Nov 22, 2011 at 02:37pm IST
Mayawati govt misusing state funds: Rahul Gandhi
New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi started his
five-day Jan Sampark Abhiyaan (public contact programme) in election
bound Uttar Pradesh on a more sedate note than his November 14 rally
in Jhoosi, Phulpur, near Allahabad where he was very strident and
Embarking on his Jan Sampark Abhiyaan from Barabanki in central Uttar
Pradesh, Rahul Gandhi claimed that the Congress was committed to
provide the state a government that would take care of the 'aam aadmi'
(common man), a slogan than he has used several times to target the
Addressing party workers in Barabanki, the Congress scion carefully
chose his words to target the state government, perhaps to avoid the
controversy that erupted after he called the migrants from Uttar
"If you don't do well, you will have to go out, the way you go out
every year, to Maharashtra, Punjab and Haryana. You will have to go
out and work there. Hyderabad are ahead in Information Technology.
Even if UP wants to go ahead in Information Technology, they can't
because Bangalore and Hyderabad have already reached the top spot.
Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra are doing well in automobile industry.
India is moving ahead, but UP is lagging behind. Other states are
moving ahead, in 20 years nothing has changed in UP," he said.
Accusing the state government of not utilising Central funds and not
implementing Central schemes properly, he said, "Congress party wants
to bring 'aam aadmi' government in UP. We want to see truth win
against money. We send money from Delhi but it doesn't reach people in
UP. We want to employ people through MNREGA scheme, but it doesn't
reach people. Money goes to middlemen, ministers, officials. It
doesn't reach the common man. UP Chief Minister has said that MNREGA
is not needed and doesn't benefit anyone."
"We started 'Janani Suraksha scheme' for women but the money reached
the wrong hands. The officials keep the Rs 1400 that every woman
giving birth to a child deserves. If people want to change UP, it's
not possible to do it from Delhi. The government has to change in UP.
Our effort is that every person in the country gets a UID number, so
that the money that each person deserves in the country reaches his
account directly. The money that belongs to the poor does not reach
the poor, the money gets stopped at Lucknow. We want to reach out to
people directly. We will not do one caste politics, we will bring
development oriented government," he added.
However, infighting marred the first day of his programme as Congress
ticket seekers clashed and even stopped Rahul Gandhi's cavalcade in
what can be called a security breach as he enjoys Z+ security.
Even before Rahul started on his starts his five-day public contact
programme from Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh, Congress factions belonging
to Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma and Barabanki MP PL Punia
clashed over ticket distribution. There was more trouble for the
Congress some party workers jumped before Rahul's cavalcade outside
Lucknow airport claiming discrepancies in distribution of tickets for
the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
The Congress workers claimed that they wanted to draw Rahul's
attention towards the denial of ticket to Subodh Srivastava from the
Lucknow Central Assembly constituency.
However, unlike Jhoosi where several Congress leaders including Union
Ministers rushed to beat up the protesters who had managed to reach
near Rahul's helicopter and wave black flags, no party leader was seen
taking on the protesters.
His five-day tour that will cover Bahraich, Balrampur and Shravasti
will end with a public rally in Kushinagar in eastern Uttar Pradesh on
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