Bahraich: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday
hit out at Uttar Pradesh`s chief minister Mayawati and
Samajwadi Party supremo Mualayam Singh Yadav accusing them of
being out of touch with the common people and the ground
reality in the state.
"There was a time when Mayawatiji and Mulayam Singhji
used to feel the anger when they were connected with the
people at the ground level. But that time is over now and they
have become big leaders and travel by helocopters", Rahul told
a party workers` meeting at Gendaghar ground on the second day
of his five-day visit to the state.
The Congress general secretary said the time is gone when
these leaders used to feel for the people and their
Rahul said he has learnt many things from Yadav who used
to move about in villages but "now times have changed and he
is not among the people and his anger is over".
He said he failed to understand what has happened to
Yadav who had also sided with former BJP leader Kalyan Singh
On Mayawati, Rahul said perhaps she is not aware of
the ground situation in Uttar Pradesh as she is not going
among the people and their houses and eating with them.
Referring to an incident in which he found an empty
hospital being painted for her visit and road being laid for
her to pass, Rahul said perhaps Mayawati is not aware of the
reality in the state as she is not in direct contact with the
Turning to the opposition parties` personal attacks on
him for his "political immaturity" and terming him a kid,
Rahul said "I have been in politics for the past seven years
but the opposition says that I am a kid", he said adding he
has however come to understand that there is no question to
which the people of the country do not have a reply.
The Congress leader, who had yesterday confined himself
to public meetings, today moved about in the town interacting
with people and school children and rewarding a boy for
recounting a table.
Rahul`s visit to the town was marred by group of Congress
workers taking out a march raising slogans to protest ticket
distribution for coming assembly polls and Samajwadi Party
workers showing black flags as his convoy was moving towards
Nanpara for a meeting.
He also had lunch standing under a mango tree at