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BSP chief accuses Centre of delaying Jevar airport

india Updated: Oct 15, 2011 01:40 IST
Darpan Singh

Uttar Pradesh chief Minister Mayawati accused the Congress of delaying central funds and not clearing major infrastructure plans in Gautam Budh Nagar district. She also accused the Centre of using the government machinery against her for political reasons.

"The Centre is not clearing the proposed airport in Jevar. Our proposal for a high court bench in western UP is also gathering dust. There's no response to our demand for a Rs 80,000-crore special relief package for the state. In five fiscals, the centre has delayed release of more than Rs 21,000 crore for political reasons," she said.

The state government has reserved 10,000 hectares of land for a proposed airport and an aviation hub at Jevar. A feasibility study has been done. The state government has sent to the Centre a proposal for approval of the plan.

She said despite the assurances given by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in 2003 that the Congress would support her in the disproportionate assets case, the party backtracked on its words. "The Congress has been in power since 2004 but did nothing to ensure justice. Much like the BJP, the Congress is also using the CBI against me. This shows the anti-Dalit mindset."

Mayawati apprehended the Centre might make Dalit leaders such as Maharashtra's Sushil Kumar Shinde or Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar as prime minister for sometimes to garner Dalit votes in UP. She, however, vowed not to let such designs succeed.

"I have full faith in the people. Let alone UP, Dalits will not vote for the Congress anywhere in the country," she said. She questioned why Babu Jagjivan Ram or for that matter Meira Kumar was not made prime minister.

"I also wrote to the Centre for trifurcation of the state into Poorvanchal, Bundelkhand and Paschimi Uttar Pradesh for better administration, but there's been no response," the chief minister said.