Eyes on UP polls: Sonia slams Mayawati govt

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi Thursday slammed the Mayawati govt for its failure to utilise "massive" funds provided by the Centre for welfare schemes and expressed grave concern over "rampant" crime and corruption in the state.

Last Updated: Nov 25, 2010, 18:18 PM IST

Allahabad: Congress president Sonia Gandhi
Thursday slammed the Mayawati government for its failure to utilise "massive" funds provided by the Centre for welfare schemes and expressed grave concern over "rampant" crime and
corruption in the state.

"The people of Uttar Pradesh are being compelled to live
in the midst of deteriorating law and order and rising
corruption. People are not feeling safe and secure and are
facing enormous difficulties because of the corrupt government
machinery," she said.

Gandhi was addressing a rally organised here as part of
the celebrations for 125 years of the party`s establishment.

Without naming Mayawati or her Bahujan Samaj Party, she
said for Congress, "Politics was a medium to serve the people.
Because of this approach, massive funds have been provided to
Uttar Pradesh by the UPA government."

"However, the state government does not seem to have the
will to utilise the billions of rupees allocated by the Centre
for improving the living conditions of its own people. Even
basic facilities like drinking water are not adequately
available. How can UP, in such a situation, keep pace with the
rest of the country which is progressing rapidly," she asked.

Her criticism of the state government comes at a time
when the ruling BSP is preparing for the Assembly election
due in early 2012.
Reminding Congress workers of their "tremendous
responsibility," she asked them to get in touch with people,
apprise them of the schemes that are in place and see to it
that the programmes are being properly implemented.

"Workers of our party need to work hard and drive home
the point that the Congress is always eager to take up the
problems affecting the common man. Hence, they must also
closely monitor implementation of the welfare schemes in place
and strengthen the party`s bond with public," Gandhi said.
Before leaving for Delhi, she flagged off the last leg of
the Congress "Sandesh Yatra", a public mobilisation programme
being held across Uttar Pradesh, which began in April.

PTI