Exploit graft issue by BSP: Rahul to Cong workers

Rahul Gandhi said the ruling BSP in UP had provided them enough issues like corruption and asked his party workers to exploit these to the hilt.

Last Updated: Dec 11, 2011, 23:25 PM IST

Lucknow: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday
said the ruling BSP in Uttar Pradesh had provided them enough
issues like corruption and asked his party workers to exploit
these to the hilt in the upcoming state Assembly elections.

"The BSP has given maximum issues...wherever we go people
say they gave it vote but it looted them," he told party`s
frontal organisations here.

Alleging graft in MNREGS, acquisition of land and other
areas in the state, Rahul said the BSP had provided several
issues relating to corruption.

Referring to three main political parties -- the BSP,
the SP and the BJP, the Congress general secretary said these
were talking only about the Congress.

Attacking the BJP, Rahul, winding up his two-day visit
to the state capital, said it had only the Congress on its
mind.

"If we talk about the FDI, they (BJP) say it is wrong.
When we talk about the Jan Lokpal Bill and food guarantee they
say it is wrong," he said.

The BJP in UP was on a ventilator which would be switched
off after the polls, the Congress leader said.

"The BJP has no other issue. Earlier it had the temple.
They formed their government but could do nothing and now it
is only the Congress which is on their mind," he said.

Apparently referring to discontentment in the party over
distribution of tickets for the Assembly polls, he said "since
there is no proper system, there can be some shortcomings
somewhere."

Rahul also visited Nadva, a renowned centre of Islamic
learning, this morning and met its rector Maulana Rabe Hasni
Nadvi.

Exploit graft issue by BSP: Rahul to Cong workers
UPCC chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi later told reporters that
Rahul wanted to visit Nadva for some time and went to the
noted institution today for the first time.

"Both Rahul and Sonia Gandhi have met Rabe Hasni Nadvi,
who also belongs to Rae Bareli, several times," she said.

Asked about the purpose of the visit, Bahuguna said she
possibly issues related to minority affairs, their welfare and
what is being done by the central government in this regard
were discussed.

On whether the visit was a fallout of another Islamic
seminary Darul-uloom Deoband terming the proposed reservation
to backward Muslim as a political gimmick, Joshi said it had
nothing to do with it.

"It was a promise made in the agenda of the party in 2009
Lok Sabha elections," she added.

Before leaving for Delhi, Rahul met Governor BL Joshi for
25 minutes, Raj Bhawan sources said.

PTI