Sonia, Priyanka share dais; lash out at Mayawati
RAEBARELI SHARING the dais for the first time in poll-bound North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday lambasted the Mayawati regime for lack of development alleging large scale corruption in implementation of central schemes worth Rs1 lakh crore.
The Congress President and her daughter held all the non-Congress parties like Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP)and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), that ruled Uttar Pradesh over the last two decades, responsible for its current “sorry state of affairs” saying that the state was not like this when Congress was in power.
Asserting that the Centre never differentiated among states when it came to providing them funds for development, Sonia listed schemes like Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and several other plans under which over Rs1 lakh crore were given to the BSP-ruled Uttar Pradesh.
Alleging corruption in the funds allocated to UP, she asked “after all where is that money. Where was it spent. Its clear that scams and corruption have taken place”.
The Congress President was also critical of the state government for “obstructing” the implementation of Centre’s schemes and efforts to develop the state particularly Raebareli and Amethi represented by her and Rahul Gandhi.
She said that the Centre made a number of plans for the development of the state but they were “obstructed”.
Citing BSP’s earlier opposition to the Centre’s plan to set up a rail coach factory at Raebareli, the Congress President wondered “do people of Raebareli and Amethi do not have a right to get employment?"