Aligarh: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Mayawati today accused the Congress-led UPA government at the
Centre of "starving the state of much needed central funds"
for different development projects.
Addressing an election rally at the Exhibition Grounds
here, Mayawati said had the centre conceded to the state
government`s repeated pleas for funds, the state of UP would
have been marching ahead in different fields.
Refuting the allegation of corruption against her party`s
government in Uttar Pradesh, the Chief Minister said, "in the
last Assembly elections, a number of infiltrators had managed
to sneak into our party and get elected.
"Some of them became ministers. When we detected their
wrong doings we immediately removed them from their respective
posts", she said.
Taking a dig at the Bhartiya Janata Party, Mayawati said,
"When we removed certain corrupt elements from our party,
other parties who championed the cause of honesty accepted
them with open arms".
Mayawati said, "the Bhartiya Janata Party has no moral
right to speak of corruption after the track record of their
party`s government in Karnataka has come before the country.
The track record of the NDA government which ruled in the
centre for about seven years also reflects the BJP`s fickle
commitment to the cause of fighting corruption", she said.
Hitting out at the UPA government, the Chief Minister
said, "the UPA government`s numerous scandals just in the past
three years should expose the true face of the Congress Party
on the issue of corruption".
Referring to the reservation issue and the Congress
Party`s "ambivalent stand" on the matter, the Chief Minister
said, "by indiscriminately adding other groups to the OBC
list, the Congress Party is depriving the existing
beneficiaries in the quota list".
The Chief Minister said, "By promising 9 per cent
reservation to Muslims in government jobs, the Congress Party
is trying to trick both the Muslims and the other OBC groups
who are already in the quota ambit".
Referring to the slow pace of development in some sectors
in the state, she said, "Our target is to provide 24-hour
electricity per day if we are given further chance to serve
the state and if the Centre cooperates with us".
She said that the Centre had been very stingy in
releasing funds for the state and "whatever development has
taken place in UP during the past five years has been achieved
with our own meagre resources and in some cases with the help
of private sector".
The Chief Minister said that the state has done more for
farmers during the past five years than had ever been done by
governments who claimed to champion the cause of the farmers.
She cited the example of "doubling of the minimum
purchase price for sugarcane in the state" during her tenure.
The Chief Minister said that her party was determined to
maintain communal peace and harmony in the state. This was
reflected by the manner in which her government succeeded in
maintaining peace in Uttar Pradesh in the aftermath of the
declaration of the High Court case on the explosive Babri
Masjid-Ram Janambhhomi Issue.