Bad situation in UP is due to non-Cong govts: PM

Holding non-Cong govts responsible for lack of development in UP in the last 22 years, PM said only Cong, can change this "bad situation".

Updated: Feb 17, 2012, 18:56 PM IST

Kanpur: Holding non-Congress governments
responsible for lack of development in Uttar Pradesh in the
last 22 years, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said only
Congress, led by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, can change
this "bad situation" and provide good governance in the state.

Addressing his first election rally in the UP assembly
elections, the Prime Minister targeted Chief Minister Mayawati
over allegations of corruption against her government on
several issues, including the much talked about NRHM, MNREGA
and other centrally-sponsored schemes.

Singh said the condition of law and order, power supply,
potable water facilities and infrastructure in the state has
gone down.

"The reason behind this bad situation is that non-
Congress governments which came to power in the state in
the last 22 years did not pay attention either to governance
or the problems of the common man," he said.

Singh urged people to vote Congress to power by promising
"we will work with greater strength for the development of
UP if the Congress comes to power."

The PM also referred to the Bundelkhand package saying
Rahul Gandhi played a key role in ensuring the measure but it
was not fully utilised by the state government due to
"irregularities" in its implementation.

"There is a need to change this situation. You need a
government which changes the shape of UP and focuses on
development by rising above caste and religious lines.
Congress led by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi can provide such
a government," the Prime Minister said.

PTI