Congress will change future of UP: Rahul

Accusing Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav of playing caste politics, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday sought a change in power.

Last Updated: Dec 14, 2011, 13:44 PM IST

Badaun: Accusing Mayawati and Mulayam
Singh Yadav of playing caste politics, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday sought a change in power saying a "government of the poor" by
Congress in Uttar Pradesh will change the future of the state.

Gandhi, who is on the second day of his five-day trip in
the Samajwadi Party stronghold, alleged Mayawati government
was corrupt and the money meant for poor does not reach them.

"Elephants normally eat leaves. But you have magic
elephant in Lucknow which eats currency notes," he told a
party rally here ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.

Seeking a five-year stint in power, he said corruption in
UP government was affecting the future of the state as no
employment opportunity is generated in the state.

"UPiites have built roads in Maharashtra, they work in
Kerala, they help the farmers in Punjab...but they do not have
roads, electricity or water in their villages. Who built the
Delhi Metro? Who is working in Ladhak?

"Twenty-two years have gone by. What did you get? Mulayam
Singh came. He talked about caste. Then Mayawati came. She
also talked about caste. Give Congress five years. We will
show that we can transform this state," he said, adding a
government of the poor people will can change many things.

Noting that he was ridiculed for visiting villages and
having food at poor people`s houses, Gandhi said leaders who
roam around in big vehicles do not think about the future.

"They won`t talk to you. They won`t come amidst you. They
won`t shake hands with you. They won`t come to your house or
have food. They will not drink water from your well. They sit
in AC rooms. They won`t talk about farmers.

"And when I come to your houses, have your food, I am
ridiculed. They ask what happened to Rahul Gandhi. I see
strength in you, in rural villages," he said.

PTI