BJP takes a jibe at Rahul after Beni is booed

Last Updated: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 16:28

Balrampur: A day after Union Minister Beni
Prasad Verma faced the ire of voters at a poll rally, BJP
on Thursday questioned how Rahul Gandhi would fulfill the promise of
changing UP in five years when Congress leaders like Verma
were being booed in their own parliamentary constituencies.

"Rahul Gandhi is promising development in all his meetings
throughout the state but how is it possible with his ministers
of the stature of Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma being
hooted and not being allowed to speak in their own
parliamentary constituencies," senior BJP leader Kalraj Misra
said.

"How would the Congress and Rahul Gandhi be able to
fulfil such a promise," Misra said, adding that though
Congress is claiming itself to be the strongest party in the
state, it is its leaders who are facing the maximum
opposition.

Verma, MP from Gonda, was shouted down by people in his
constituency yesterday in the presence of Congress president
Sonia Gandhi . He had faced a similar situation in November
before Rahul Gandhi.

Terming SP, BSP and Congress as sides of the same
coin, he said these parties were involved in a "mad race" to
appease Muslims.

"There is a mad race for pleasing the Muslims by granting
them reservation.

"Centre has given 4.5 per cent sub quota to minorities
within 27 per cent quota of the OBCs going against the
constitution which disallows reservation on the basis of
religion", he said, adding now "Congress is promising nine per
cent quota to Muslims while SP and BSP are saying that they
will give 18 per cent reservation which is unconstitutional."

Misra, who is here to campaign for Shailesh Kumar Singh
"Shailu" from Gaisadi seat, alleged that development came to a
standstill under BSP government while corruption was rampant.

"Rahul Gandhi is saying that the picture of the state
would be changed in five years time but he seems to have
forgotten that it was his party which had led the govenremnt
for the maximum period.... Congress has betrayed the people
earlier and is trying to do the same again", Misra said.

Terming both the SP and BSP as "economic offenders", he
alleged that a scam to the tune of Rs 8000 crore under the
NRHM scheme started in 2004 under the SP government.

Attacking the Samajwadi Party, he claimed that people
felt unsafe during Mulayam Singh Yadav government and there
was no rule of the law.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 16:28

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