Ballia: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today
charged the Mayawati government with promoting the politics of
caste and religion in Uttar Pradesh and said there had been no
development in the state in the last 20-25 years.
"Here (in UP), people do not talk about the state. They
talk about their caste and religion... 15 years ago, Andhra
Pradesh was behind us. Look where it is today. But UP is
continuously lagging behind in development," he said.
Gandhi was addressing an interactive session with youths
here on the second day of his visit to eastern Uttar Pradesh
to broaden his party`s support base ahead of the Assembly
elections early next year.
"There has been no development in the state during the
past 20-25 years," Gandhi rued, and blamed the BSP government
for rampant unemployment in the state. "Go to Maharashtra,
Andhra Pradesh or Punjab, the scene there is not like this,"
Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh are ruled by Congress
while SAD is in power in Punjab.
Gandhi also addressed a meeting of potential Congress
candidates for the 2012 Assembly polls here.
Blaming the state government for lack of development in
the state, Gandhi said, "The Centre can only help by providing
funds. It is the duty of the state to make best use of the
Gandhi, however, regretted that the Central allocations
were not being properly utilised in the state.
"The Centre provided funds for National Rural Employment
Guarantee Scheme and the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)
in Bundelkhand area but the money has not been utilised. Now,
Rs 3,000 crores are being provided for weavers but we are not
sure whether it would be used properly," he said.