Attack centre, not us: Mayawati to Rahul

November 12th, 2011 - 9:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Rahul Gandhi Lucknow, Nov 12 (IANS) Launching a scathing attack on Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati here Saturday said “the yuvraj (crown prince)” of the Congress should vent his ire at the central government over its “wrong economic policies and corrupt activities” rather than expressing anger against the state.

“Instead of expressing his anger here, it would be better if he vents his ire at his very own Congress-led central government for failing to contain inflation, rising petrol prices, adopting step-motherly treatment towards the development of the state and indulging in corruption,” Mayawati said at a university function.

Mayawati’s statement comes in the wake of the Congress MP’s comment that the sorry state of affairs in Uttar Pradesh made him angry.

Gandhi made the comment in an informal meeting with locals in the Bhadohi district recently.

Accusing the central government of delaying the release of financial grants for undertaking public welfare schemes in the state, Mayawati said: “Being a parliamentarian, who represents a constituency in Uttar Pradesh, the yuvraj (Gandhi) must mount pressure on his government to help us receive the developmental funds timely.”

“It’s shocking and surprising that the Congress leader doesn’t get angry over the atrocities on Dalits in the Mirchpur village in the Congress-led Haryana…Not only this, he even fails to notice the attacks on people from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in Congress-led states of Delhi and Maharashtra,” said Mayawati at the function at Uttar Pradesh Viklang Uddhar Dr. Shakuntala Mishra University.

The university, named after the late mother of the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party leader Satish Misra, provides education to disabled students.

Mayawati demanded Gandhi to “stop making false allegations regarding corruption” against the state government during his Uttar Pradesh visits and avoid “vote bank politics”.

“There is a long history of corruption as far as Congress is concerned. In a stark divergence to it, we have taken immediate and strict action against our ministers or government officials against whom complaints related to corruption were made,” she said.

“Instead of moving Supreme Court, we have immediately acted on high court directives issued in cases related to corruption. Above all, despite being aware that the CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) and CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) could be misused by the central government ahead of the assembly polls or the next general elections, we handed over the inquiry related to murder of three chief medical officers and the NRHM (National Rural Health Mission) irregularities to the two central agencies,” said Mayawati.

She said despite remaining in power in Uttar Pradesh for over 38 long years, the Congress failed to undertake any concrete steps for development.

“Now, when my party is undertaking public welfare schemes rising above the political lines and making every effort to strengthen law and order of the state, the Congress term BSP’s rule as ‘Jungle Raj’ (anarchy).”

“The Congress and other political opponents accuse BSP of misusing public funds for setting up memorials and parks…All such allegations in this regard are baseless. The expenditure on parks and memorials is even less than one percent of the state’s annual budget,” she said.

“In the coming years, the sale of tickets meant for visiting such parks and memorials would recover the total amount spent on parks and memorials, and would be thereafter utilised for the facelift of the poor and downtrodden,” said Mayawati.

Without naming any political outfit, the BSP supremo said: “Several political parties have started a trend of launching ‘yatras’…Some are even taking help of the ‘babas’ in the yatras in order to fulfil their political aspirations.”

“In the coming days, political outfits may even take the help of film actors in their yatras. It will only solve the entertainment purpose of the public, and nothing more than that…I am confident that the public would not get misguided and continue to support the BSP,” said Mayawati.

During the function, Mayawati symbolically inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of 236 public welfare schemes worth Rs.16,142 crore. The schemes were from power sector, transport and other domains.

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