‘Stung’ BSP hits back at Rahul Gandhi

Hitting back at Rahul Gandhi, the ruling BSP in UP alleged that he was levelling "baseless and politically motivated" charges on NRHM and land acquisition issues to divert people`s attention from corruption.

Updated: Jul 21, 2011, 22:07 PM IST

Lucknow: Hitting back at Rahul Gandhi,
the ruling BSP in UP on Thursday alleged that he was levelling
"baseless and politically motivated" charges on NRHM and land
acquisition issues to divert people`s attention from
corruption and various scams plaguing the UPA government.
Faced with severe criticism over alleged misuse of
National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) funds, a BSP spokesman
also sought to shift the blame on the Centre saying, the NRHM
runs as per the guidelines of the central government.

"Those criticising the UP government should have also
paid attention on the fact that the scheme is run as per the
guidelines of the central government," he said.

Citing the various steps taken by the chief minister
after finding "some anomalies" in implementation of NRHM, the
spokesman pointed out the achievements of the scheme like
downfall in mortality rate which, he said, are a result of
serious efforts of the state government and should also be
taken into consideration.
"The Congress office bearer (Gandhi) is out to woo
the farmers and youths making tall promises with an eye
on the coming assembly elections next year. Congress leaders
are moving about misguiding the farmers on land acquisition
instead of exerting pressure on the UPA government even as the
entire country knows that the law in this regard has to be
amended by the union government," he said.

Describing the charges levelled by Gandhi as totally
"baseless and politically motivated", he said, "These are
irresponsible statements made to divert people`s attention
from corruption and various scams plaguing the UPA
government".

The spokesman termed Gandhi`s "purvanchal tour" as a
"drama" and said Gandhi should "sympathise with the farmers in
the Congress ruled states and wipe their tears".

Gandhi today lashed out at the Mayawati regime over
the NRHM irregularities, saying any other government would
have stepped down in such a situation.

The Congress leader, who is on a two-day visit to
eastern UP, said the BSP regime had proved itself to be "the
most corrupt government ever" indulging in "politics of loot".

PTI