A major convention of the Uttar Pradesh Congress on Sunday came down heavily on the Mayawati government accusing it of corruption, saying a transparent administration could not be expected from the Chief Minister given her past record.
The two-day meeting of the party's Pradesh Working Committee, being held after 26 years, is significant as it comes a year ahead of the Lok Sabha polls which are expected to turn the state into a major battleground.
As the convention started on Sunday morning, there was some disappointment among party workers on learning that Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi will not be inaugurating the meet and will attend it tomorrow. The meeting will also be addressed by party chief Sonia Gandhi.
"To expect transparency and corruption-free administration from the present BSP government is useless. Going by the past record of the present chief minister, it is very much clear how importance was given to corruption in the state. No department is free from corruption," the state unit of the party said in its resolution.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi was scheduled to inaugurate the convention. As per the revised programme, Gandhi, an MP from Amethi, will address its concluding session along with the Congress president. He will also address a public meeting at Fal Bagh Madan in Kanpur, party sources said.
Ridiculing frequent transfer of officials in the state, the resolution said in just ten months of the BSP rule a "record" number of civil and police officials have been shifted.