People of Rae Bareli express `unflinching` faith in Sonia
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 21:08
Rae Bareli: Notwithstanding backwardness of Rae Bareli, the Parliamentary constituency of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, people have unflinching faith in their representative but questioned role of local Congress legislator.

"We are grateful that she (Gandhi) visits us every couple of months but what about the local legislator and officials. They come only in five years", this was the common refrain of the people of various villages which were visited by Gandhi during her three-day visit ending today.

"Whatever schemes have come here are because of her and we recognise only her and no one else," they said.

Residents of Behta Kala, one of the dozen villages toured by Gandhi where she heard their grievance in sweltering heat, said they were happy to have a representative who personally takes care of their problems.

The electorate on large complained about rampant corruption in development works launched by the centre.

They told the Congress president that local contractor demands at least Rs 500 for providing power connection under the Rajiv Gandhi Rural electrification scheme which otherwise should come free, names of many deserving people missing from BPL list, poors and widows losing all hope of getting themselves enlisted for pensions.

But, they had faith in the efforts of their leader.

"We don't know when our complaints would be redressed but we are sure that Gandhi will make every effort possible for their redressal", Pratap Bahadur Singh, whose house she visited, said.

In another village, Gandhi was apprised as to how the Indira Awas Yojna is being run and how it is not being extended to villages like Chichemau depriving the needy of a roof on their heads.

The villagers of Khajuria pointed out that their representative is committed to their upliftment. Gandhi took a serious note of the complaint about irregularities in MNREGS and the role of the village pradhan in it, they said.

"Though she had left for further journey, she (Gandhi) made a detour as she was not satisfied and decided to visit the house of the pradhan, who is a close relative of a local MLA belonging to another party, to tell him to take corrective steps," residents of Khajuria village said.

Majority of villagers feel having a non-Congress government in the state was responsible to "some extend" for these problems.


First Published: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 21:08

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