Lucknow: Ruling BSP on Saturday attacked Congress
leader Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi for
promising to change the face of Uttar Pradesh in five years,
wondering if they have acquired "Aladdin`s lamp" to make the
"The star campaigners of Congress are promising to change
the picture and future of the state, including Amethi,
Raebareli and Sultanpur in five years time but we fail to
understand if the brother and sister(Rahul and Priyanka) have
got hold of Aladdin`s lamp to achieve it," state unit
president of the BSP, Swami Prasad Maurya said.
"It is a big joke to promise development of these areas
just before the elections by Priyanka Vadra ... her concern
for development of UP is irrelevant," Maurya said, adding that
had she really been serious, she would have made a
"constructive" contribution and helped in immediate sanction
of the funds for various development schemes demanded by the
"The representatives of Gandhi-Nehru family are
misleading the people that in case Congress forms government,
funds of the development schemes would reach them," he said,
adding that it indicated that Congress provides funds to
the states where only their party is in power.
Maurya said that MPs from these seats, including
Priyanka, only give "darshan" to the people at election time
and come "begging for votes". They have nothing to do with the
development of UP and for them the state is confined to Amethi
and Raebareli where also they have done nothing.
On the allegations that UP has lagged behind during the
past 22 years of non-Congress governments, Muarya said that
they were baseless, misleading and false because, it has
remained backward because of the 40 years of Congress rule.
Citing the demands of packages turned down by the Centre,
he said that it was because of the casteist mentality of the
Congress that step brotherly treatment was given to the state.
Alleging that Centre only concentrates on Amethi and
Raebareli whereas there are 75 districts in UP, Maurya said
that on its part state has always helped whenever there had
been any proposal for development scheme in these two
The Chief Minister Mayawati had demanded Rs 5,000 crore
for restarting the closed industrial units of these districts
but the Centre did not give a single rupee, he claimed.