Gorakhpur: Amid growing controversy over
reports of misuse of crores of rupees meant for the National
Rural Health Mission in Uttar Pradesh, Congress leader Rahul
Gandhi on Thursday lashed out at the Mayawati regime, saying any
other government would have stepped down in such a situation.
"It is an open fact that there have been irregularities.
If such a thing would have happened in Maharashtra or Delhi or
Haryana or Punjab, the government there would have resigned
the same day," he said.
"The Centre provides funds worth thousands of crores of
rupees for medical facilities to the rural poor under NRHM but
the money has been misused by the state government," he
alleged, accusing the BSP government of overlooking the rights
of farmers and rural people.
The Congress leader is on a two-day visit to eastern UP
to widen the party`s base among youths and to galvanise
people`s support for the state Assembly elections to be held
early next year.
Gandhi said the BSP regime had proved itself to be "the
most corrupt government ever" indulging in "politics of loot".
Rubbishing the charges as totally baseless and
politically motivated, a BSP spokesman dubbed these as
irresponsible statements made to divert peoples` attention
from corruption and various scams plaguing the UPA government
at the Centre.
Gandhi also lashed out at the UP government for carrying
out forced land acquisition.
"There have been financial irregularities in Noida where
land of the poor has been acquired and given to builders for
the Yamuna Expressway. Why is this happening?" he posed.
He said this was because the youth of the state were
not standing up and questioning the government.
"It is the youth`s responsibility," Gandhi pointed out,
asking young Congress workers to revive the party and in the
process rid the state of Mayawati`s "misrule".
With Congress trying to regain its lost moorings in the
state, he said the youth leaders must expose the "anti-people
and anti-farmer policies" of the BSP government and fan out
among the masses to propagate the Centre`s people-oriented
policies and programmes.
He was addressing the party`s youth brigade at Syed Modi
"Work at grass root level and be sensitive towards the
problems of common man," was Gandhi`s refrain during his
interaction with the Youth Congress workers here and later in
After his Kisan Sandesh Yatra in western UP earlier this
month where he undertook foot march from villages in Gautam
Buddha Nagar to Aligarh, this is his second mass contact
programme in the state.
41-year-old Gandhi faces a tough challenge in Uttar
Pradesh, where he succeeded in reviving the Congress by
ensuring its victory in 22 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in 2009.
Seeking to establish direct contact with people in the
countryside, Gandhi stopped at a roadside kiosk near
Dhuriyapar sugar mill to have snacks on his way to Mau.
"It was a pleasant surprise," shopkeeper Ramdin Gupta
said, adding, the Congress leader enjoyed "pakauras and
namkeen" (deep-fried snacks).
During his brief stopover, the Congress leader also
interacted with villagers and heard their woes relating to
water, power and road connectivity.
Gandhi also undertook a boat ride to reach Kataka village
in Piprauli block to hold a `chaupal` (villagers` meeting).