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Maya meets PM, wants flood funds

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday and accused the Centre of discriminatory approach towards the state.

delhi Updated: Oct 19, 2010 01:05 IST
HT Correspondent

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday and accused the Centre of discriminatory approach towards the state.

"I mentioned in detail our pending demands and expressed concerns of growth that is affected. The Prime Minister assured that the demands would be looked into but I hope the Centre would take up the matter seriously and deliver on the assurance," Mayawati told reporters after the meeting.

Mayawati who came to the meeting to ask the PM for a flood relief package said while the Centre had given immediate aid to Uttarakhand (also affected by floods), Uttar Pradesh had not been given any assistance so far.

This, she said, was even after she had written two letters within a week (September 22 and 29) requesting a team to be sent to assess the loss.

The Chief Minister has asked for R 2,351 crore package for 5,959 flood-affected villages in 33 districts, which killed 425 people last month.

Mayawati, who is at loggerheads with Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, last met the Prime Minister in August 2009 when she took up the issue of power supply.

The UP chief minister had even skipped the National Development Council meet held in July, though she sent a list of demands for the State, through an emissary.

"The Centre has adopted a discriminatory attitude towards the State on issues related to rural development," a statement from her office said quoting

her, adding the pending proposals of R 5,962 crore under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and R 9,700 crore under Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyuthikaran Yojana.

Revisiting earlier demands like special package for Bundelkhand and Poorvanchal, OBC scholarships, Mayawati’s demand of funds and packages in total crossed over R one lakh crore mark.