No pact with BSP; fighting for future: Rahul

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 23:40

Mirzapur: Ruling out any political
understanding with Mayawati-led BSP, Rahul Gandhi today
hinted that Congress may go it alone in the 2012 assembly
polls in the state.

"I am ready to fight your battle. Take me where ever you
want. Together, we will change Uttar Pradesh for the better,"
Gandhi said addressing a rally here.

He dismissed suggestions of a political understanding
reached with the BSP to help the UPA government sail through
trying times in Parliament.

"Listen to me carefully. There will be no political
understanding or pact with the BSP. Congress will defeat the
BSP government. The youth of UP will help us achieve this,"
Gandhi said.

"During voting in Parliament on the cut motions,
newspapers wrote that Congress has struck a deal with the BSP.
I would like to say there will be no agreement with the BSP
and no compromise with the future of UP," he said.

The Congress leader claimed that successive governments
led by BJP, SP and BSP have failed to bring change to the
state where people were forced to seek employment in other
states.

"You go to Maharashtra and are chased away. You go to
Haryana and Punjab and help those states progress. If UP
strides to progress, the entire country will make a beeline to
this state," he said.

Gandhi exhorted the youth of the state to be drivers of
change and take UP to the heights of glory it enjoyed in the
past.

"BJP said it will work wonders. SP played the caste card
and BSP said it has formed a government of Dalits. But have
you ever asked the Dalits, whether the government works for
them," he asked aloud.

"The Dalits say there is no government in Uttar Pradesh
and I know that you will send the BSP packing as you did with
the BJP and the SP in the past," he said.

Gandhi claimed that the funds the Centre allocates to
Uttar Pradesh never reach the intended beneficiaries.

"Government at Delhi is sending crores of rupees to
UP, but it is not reaching the people. We are sending funds
for MNREGS, but it is not reaching the people it is meant to
benefit," he alleged.

He said that the Centre launched MNREGS, where 100-
day employment was being provided to the people in the rural
areas.

"While in other states the scheme is being
implemented, in UP when I visit villages and talk to people,
they said that it is nowhere on the ground," Gandhi said.

Gandhi also spoke about the power problem in this
district. "Power generated here is being used by the entire
state, but you (people) are not getting electricity even for
five to six hours," he said.

Gandhi said no new power generation plants have been
set up in the state in the last two decades. "The number of
power plants in the state is same as it was in 1980," he said.

The Congress leader said that the state government was
doing nothing on the front of power, employment and
development.

"You tried BJP which promised a miracle. Then came SP,
which ruled for five years and was later ousted by you and now
the BSP government is here," he said.

"We have to change the system and bring UP on the
right track. We have to restore the state`s position where it
was 20 years back," he said.

Rahul said that earlier UP used to show the path to
the entire country but now it was a different story.

With a population of over 18 crore, UP had the power
to change the entire country, but changing the face of the
state would be the first step, he said.

"It is the responsibility of the youth to bring this
change and I would like to tell you two things. First I
am not going anywhere and I am standing with you. I am ready
to fight for your cause. Secondly we would unitedly change the
situation," he said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 23:40

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