‘Projects incomplete due to scarce Central funds’

Mayawati hit back at the Congress saying various projects were lying incomplete due to absence of the funds.

Last Updated: Feb 24, 2012, 21:12 PM IST

Ghaziabad: Seeking to puncture Rahul Gandhi`s
claim that Central assistance was being misused by the Uttar
Pradesh government, Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday hit back at
the Congress leader saying various projects were lying
incomplete due to absence of the funds.

Various projects in UP were lying incomplete due to lack
of Central funds, while the young leader (Rahul) was merely
"harping" about lack of development in the state, Mayawati
said.

"Congress-led UPA government was never serious about the
development of the state," the BSP leader said while
addressing a public gathering in Ramlila ground here.

She alleged that Rahul, who was now a days harping about
the word "development", does not understand even its meaning.

Staying one or two nights in the huts of Dalits is not
enough to understand the need for development, where he had
meals from outside, said the BSP supremo.

Targeting Congress on the issue of separate quota for
minorities, Mayawati said, "I challenge Congress to make a
separate reservation for Muslims instead of cutting out shares
from others."

"Congress talks about eradicating corruption, while they
themself are the most corrupt," the CM alleged.

Hitting at the main opposition party in the state, she
alleged that if Samajwadi Party returns to power the state
would be in the hands of "goons and criminals" who would loot
you.

Justifying the parks and statues in Noida and Lucknow she
said that Congress, BJP and SP have no business criticising
them.

The parks are decorated with the statues of Dalits and
religious leaders who deserve respect of the whole country,
while these parties criticise these leaders because they are
Dalits, she said.

"These parties talk for Dalits but criticise their
leaders," she said.

If BSP is voted to power per capita income of UP will
become double as we will generate more employment
opportunities, she claimed.

She also said that people have lost faith in BJP due to
its "communal image" and politics of "mandir and masjid".

I kicked out all the corrupt leaders and even ministers
from my party, and no corrupt person was fielded in election
this time, said the BSP chief.

Rahul had earlier alleged that money meant for UP was
siphoned off by BSP ministers.

He had also accused a senior BSP minister of misusing
funds meant for Bundelkhand farmers.

"Funds were sent for farmers of Bundelkhand region under
a special package but were misused by PWD minister Naseemuddin
Siddiqui for buying tractors for his relatives," Rahul had
said in Ramabai Nagar in December last year.

PTI