Rahul slams Maya for sacking ministers

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi ridiculed Chief Minister Mayawati for sacking four ministers a day after the announcement of assembly polls in UP, wondering why she had not acted against them earlier.

Updated: Dec 27, 2011, 20:17 PM IST

Lakhimpur Kheri: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday ridiculed Chief Minister Mayawati for sacking
four ministers a day after the announcement of assembly polls
in Uttar Pradesh, wondering why she had not acted against them
earlier.

"It is astonishing that just a month ahead of UP polls,
these ministers were sacked while they were given four to five
years to act on their own," he told an election meeting here.

"Why did the Chief Minister fail to identify these
ministers two, three or four years back?. Why did she not
sack them then?," he asked.

The Congress general secretary, who is on the third leg
of his mass contact programme in the state, also flayed those
who have dubbed his stays at dalit houses as "drama".

"If this is drama, I will continue to do this drama
life-long," he said.

Asserting that he was not here "to win elections but
to change the face of UP" whether it takes five years or 10
years, Gandhi urged people to vote his party to power in the
state.

Listing the achievements of the Congress-led UPA
government at the Centre, he said the MGNREGA had benefited
poor people across the country.

"However, in UP, the scheme has benefited only the
`magical elephant` sitting in Lucknow which has consumed all
the money of the poor," he said referring to irregularities in
implementation of MGNREGA.

PTI