Vote against caste politics, Rahul tells UP

As Uttar Pradesh gears up for next year`s Assembly polls, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday warned people against those indulging in caste politics.

Last Updated: Nov 02, 2011, 22:03 PM IST

Mirzapur/Bhadohi: As Uttar Pradesh gears
up for next year`s Assembly polls, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday warned
people against those indulging in caste politics and told them
it was time a Congress government of the common man was voted
to power in the state.

"While the earlier Samajwadi Party government indulged
in looting public money in a hidden manner, the BSP government
is doing the same openly," the Congress general secretary told
a gathering of villagers (chaupal) from Vedpur in Bhadohi this
afternoon as part of his mass contact programme.

Alleging that the voters were obliged by political
parties with liquor worth Rs 500 at election time and were
forgotten for the next five years, he asked them to wake up
from their slumber or else the future of their children will
be dark.

He said Central government sends funds for development
works but it cannot go to every village to oversee how it is
being spent and asked them to realise the necessity of the
"formation of a Congress government that cares for the common
man in Uttar Pradesh."

Making surprise visits to various villages and religious
shrines in Bhadohi and Mirzapur districts on the second day of
his unscheduled visit, Rahul Gandhi held chaupals at several
places and took feedback from people.

Earlier at a chaupal in Koilara village under a Peepul
tree, he gave a hearing to people asking them about their
problems. Giving the reasons why people from UP went to Mumbai
and Delhi, he said it was because the Congress governments in
these states got them jobs.

Power in Uttar Pradesh has been in the hands of people
who indulge in caste politics following which there had been
no development in the state, he said, adding the funds coming
from the Centre are not being properly utilised.

As Rahul`s convoy left Koilara for its onward journey, he
expressed his wish to have tea in Chandrapura village where it
abruptly came to a halt before a sweet shop and he walked over
to the tea stall of a villager.

Over four "kulhars" of tea, he interacted with the locals
and paid for it despite the shop owner insisting on offering
his hospitality for free.

At another chaupal (gathering of villagers) in the
minority dominated Makhdoompur village he took the opportunity
to visit a mosque under construction and asked the villagers
to see which party or executing agency can properly work for
development.

Rahul, who had had a night halt in Mirzapur, started his
day with a visit to the famous Vindhvasisni temple and Dargah
this morning.

He later visited the house of one Javed, who had died of
drowning after allegedly jumping into river Ganga to dodge the
police which chased him for playing cards and consoled his
wife.

He also visited Hastinpur village in Chilh area and
talked to villagers and sought to know their problems.

The AICC general secretary had yesterday arrived on an
unscheduled visit to Varanasi and had also visited parts of
Chandauli and Mirzapur districts.

In the evening, he reached Akra village in Jaunpur
district and held a chaupal in the Dalit basti.

PTI