Mayawati accuses Congress of hatching conspiracy, orders inquiry (Lead)

October 15th, 2008 - 5:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Sonia GandhiLucknow, Oct 15 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has accused Congress chief Sonia Gandhi of “hatching a political conspiracy” against the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) over withdrawal of land in Rae Bareli for a rail coach factory and ordered an inquiry into the issue.”It is a calculated move by the Congress party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Sonia Gandhi and her party are misguiding people by projecting that the BSP is against development,” Mayawati said at a press conference here Wednesday.

She said an inquiry, to be completed in three days, was being ordered so that the Congress party could not misuse the issue further to strengthen its vote bank.

“In order to give a befitting reply to the Congress party, the BSP will also organise a rally in Rae Bareli whose date will be announced later,” said Mayawati who had cancelled a rally to be held there by Sonia Gandhi Tuesday.

“If the Congress really wants development in the true sense, why is the party not taking up any development projects in Bundelkhand and eastern Uttar Pradesh?”

The Mayawati government had Saturday night taken back the land allotted for the rail coach factory project of the central government in Rae Bareli, which is the parliamentary constituency of Sonia Gandhi and is located 80 km from Lucknow.

Mayawati said in order to gain political mileage, the Congress could not think of development outside Rae Bareli and Amethi, the latter being the constituency of Sonia Gandhi’s son Rahul.

Mayawati alleged that the same Congress party which was unnecessarily giving a political colour to the rail coach factory issue had always been opposing development projects undertaken by the BSP.

“The Congress party has always opposed various projects, including the Ganga Expressway, the Yamuna Expressway and others. Is it not anti-development?” asked Mayawati.

She said in order to divert public attention from its inability to create better job opportunities for youths, the Congress party was “indulging in a political drama”.

“Claims related to providing job opportunities to youths in the rail coach factory are baseless. Had the government been serious over this issue, it would have thought of this much earlier,” said Mayawati.

“I want to ask Sonia Gandhi and the Congress party, how many youths have been employed in their tenure of over four years (at the centre) now,” she added.

Mayawati also accused the Congress-led central government of adopting a step-motherly attitude towards Uttar Pradesh.

“The central government is just not interested in all-round development of the state as it has still not released a penny of the Rs.800 billion package we sought for the uplift of the state,” she said.

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