Soraon: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said Mayawati government was more sympathetic towards "rich builders" than poor farmers and charged BJP, SP and BSP with only serving their respective "vote banks" when in power
in Uttar Pradesh and ignoring the common man.
"Elections usually usher in a change. In UP, many
elections have taken place in the last 22 years but no change
has been noticed. This is because during this period, the
state has been ruled by parties which were interested only in
their vote banks which normally comprise not more than 10 percent of the population.
"As a result, they have completely lost touch with the
common people and issues concerning them," Gandhi told an
election rally here, 25 km from Allahabad.
He criticised the BJP for having raised the slogan of
`India Shining` during the 2004 General elections, saying,
"This shows that the party`s leadership had never cared to
empathise with the masses who have been struggling to make
their ends meet."
Coming down heavily on the Mayawati government, the
Congress general secretary said the BSP supremo has been
running a government which is "more sympathetic to rich
builders than poor farmers".
"I got evidence of this when I visited Bhatta Parsaul and
learnt from the farmers that their land was acquired without
prior notice from the administration. When some of them tried
to raise questions, they were beaten up by police and put
behind bars," Gandhi.
The Nehru-Gandhi family scion said it is this attitude of the state government which is reflected in the chief minister casting doubts on the efficacy of pro-poor schemes like MNERGA and the proposed Food Security Bill.
He also took a dig at SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for
promising 24 hour power supply in the state.
"In the last 22 years, during which Yadav has been in
power on three occasions, not a single power plant has been
set up. I wonder how he is going to fulfill this promise," he
All these parties, Gandhi said, "go on making absurd
promises because they have no respect for the common people.
They have never interacted with the masses and are therefore
unable to appreciate the wisdom which I came in touch with
while visiting the homes of farmers, labourers and the most
backward sections of society".
He said Congress does not believe in making empty
"Our aim is to unleash your dormant potential. We want to
untie your hands so that the energy which you put in
development works taking place in other parts of the country,
is utilised for the betterment of your own state.
"I do not care how many seats my party wins in the ongoing
Assembly elections. I will keep fighting for you till your
voice starts getting heard in Lucknow just as it is already
being heard in Delhi," Gandhi said.