Elephant in Lucknow eating your money: Rahul
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Last Updated: Saturday, November 26, 2011, 00:21
Siddhartnagar/Maharajganj: "An elephant sitting in Lucknow is eating all your money," Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi said at a rally here on Friday, stepping up his attack on Chief Minister Mayawati while alluding to her party BSP's symbol.

Rahul, who has set a hectic pace ahead of the UP Assembly elections, also trained his guns at the BJP for its slogan of "India Shining" saying that India would not shine till there was even a single poor in the country.

Blasting the UP government for alleged misuse of central funds, he said, "an elephant sitting in Lucknow is eating away all your money sent by the Centre for the benefit of poor in UP."

Taunting Mayawati, he said this time UP has decided to throw out this "elephant" and went on to add that Congress has to be brought to power as only it knows how to run the government.

Rahul prefaced his attack on the BSP supremo by saying that there is no dearth of funds in the country and that UP can get as much money as it needed.

"What is lacking is that money doesn't reach you," he said.

Rahul also did not spare the BJP. "In 2004 when Congress gave the slogan of aam aadmi garibo, pichro ki sarkar, opposition gave the slogan of India shining," Rahul said at meetings in these districts on the fourth day of his five-day long mass contact programme.

"They can give this slogan as they do not go to your houses, not have food with you, drink water of your wells, they can say India is shining", Gandhi said.

The Congress leader said that though there had been progress but India is not shining in the villages and small towns and it cannot shine till the day there is even a single poor . "It would shine only when there is not a single poor person visible in the country", he asserted.

Attacking senior leaders who sit in TV studios and debate that India is shining , he said that it is shining in their houses and airconditioned big vehicles but not in villages and on the roads.

On the prospects of BJP in UP, Rahul said that it was surviving on ventilator which would be removed after the assembly elections.

Reminding the people that Mayawati had opposed MGNREGA which has benefitted poor all over the country, he said that she sees the world from helicopter and not move about on the roads, neither takes food with the poor and drinks water of their wells.

Rahul alleged that in UP, job cards were not being properly prepared and even where they have been made the Pradhans took them away and ministers made money from it.

He said those who earlier had small houses today have palatial houses built from such ill-gotten wealth.

"In UP ministers and officials have benefitted but not the poor and backwards", he said.

He said UPA government considers farmers as the backbone of the country and so waived loans which helped them throughout the country. "But things in UP are exactly the opposite".

Farmers' land from Gorakhpur to Noida is being snatched and when they ask for compensation, the state government gives them bullets, he adding the farmers seeking their rights are dubbed naxalites.

On the proposed land acquisition bill, he said that it was facing problems in the committee by opposition members who cannot come out in the open and say that they are against farmers .

"This bill would change the entire structure and it would not be stopped , it would definitely be passed either today or after some days", he said.

Citing the contribution of the people from UP in the development of other states like Delhi, Maharashtra, Haryana and Punjab, he said that people here are not lacking but it is the UP government and its leaders who have been found to be ineffective.

"We want that a government which belongs to all castes, religions and sections comes to power in UP", he said adding with such a government, UP would change in five years and in the next ten years no one would recognise it is the same state.


First Published: Friday, November 25, 2011, 17:07

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