‘Cong to repeat UP electoral success in Bihar’

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi hopes that the party would repeat its Uttar Pradesh electoral success in the Bihar Assembly polls.

Updated: Nov 18, 2010, 18:17 PM IST

Sasaram/ Obera (Bihar) Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hit out at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for alleged corruption in the implementation of central schemes and hoped that the party would repeat its Uttar Pradesh electoral success in the Bihar Assembly polls.

"Though it will take some time, we will perform better on the pattern of Uttar Pradesh and have a government of common people," Gandhi told election meetings at Sasaram and Obera in Aurangabad district.

Alleging corruption in the implementation of Indira Awas Yojana and MNREGA, Gandhi pointed out the failure of NDA`s `India Shining` campaign in 2004 and the alliance`s rejection in 2009 General elections.

"If you visit villages, poor people will complain that they have to pay bribes for construction of houses under the Indira Awas Yojana, while there are also complaints of irregularities in BPL lists," he said.
Gandhi claimed that UPA government at the Centre has provided the more Indira Awas in Bihar than in other states, "but the benefits have failed to reach the poor."

He said because of corruption those who have money are BPL card holders in Bihar, while have nots belong to Above Poverty Line category.

On the MNREGA, he said, while Congress-ruled states implemented it successfully but, in NDA-ruled states its implementation was "far from satisfactory".

"Chief Minister Nitish Kumar`s claim that Bihar has changed and is shining is an eyewash... Biharis are shining in states like Maharashtra, Haryana, Delhi and Punjab, but not in Bihar," he claimed, saying they had migrated to other states for better opportunities.

The Congress general secretary said "The progress of both Bihar and Uttar Pradesh is the need of the hour to step up the pace of development of the country."
The NDA comprised divergent ideologies and view and "Bihar is also an example of it," Gandhi observed.

"While Nitish Kumar maintains silence, when NDA ally Shiv Sena and Thackerayji`s people target Biharis in Mumbai, he is opposed to visit of a leader from Gujarat for campaigning," he said, without naming Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

"Kumar is averse to the visit of the leader at the time of elections, but the two later turn friends."

Gandhi asked Kumar that what he was doing at the time of Gujarat riots when he was a central minister. He neither prevent the visit of the Modi to Delhi then, remaining a mute spectator, nor did he resign from the NDA ministry, the Congress leader said.

He also defended the Centre`s waiver of agriculture loans, totalling Rs 60,000 crore, and said "food reaches all of us because of the hard labour of poor farmers and their cause should not be ignored."