Hardoi: Blaming the BSP and Samajwadi
Party for neglecting the plight of Bundelkhand, Congress
general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the Centre took the
initiative and provided a Rs 8,000 crore package to the region
despite it being the responsibility of the state government.
"It was not the responsibility of the central government
but since the UP government was not seen in Bundelkhand, a
package of Rs 8,000 crore was provided...and it could have
changed the entire area...the India Shining which the BJP
talked about could have started", Gandhi said addressing an
election meeting here.
Referring to the Bundelkhand package, he said that the
money which was sent for digging up wells and providing
tractors were misused and the farmers who also invested their
share for the wells faced losses.
"The tractors were given to the sons of ministers...
don`t know what they are doing with it...running them in
their sitting rooms", Gandhi said adding that when he raised
these issues, Mayawati said Rahul Gandhi was enacting a drama.
On the package for weavers, he said that they came to him
and he took them to the planning commission and the prime
minister took only two minutes and UPA, the government of the
common people, provided a package.
"This was not our work but that of Uttar Pradesh
government, Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav...we had not made
any promises for Bundelkhand and weavers in 2004 and 2009 but
when they came to us we worked for them", Rahul said.
Reiterating that he has not come here to ask for votes,
Rahul Gandhi said the real power is in the hands of the people
but regretted that the governments in the state were wasting
their strength and knowledge and not giving them due respect.