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Development has taken backseat in UP

UNION MINISTER for Water Resources Saifuddin Soz has alleged that development has taken a backseat in Uttar Pradesh and the ruling party has been raising slogans to fool the people. ?But only rhetoric will not work without addressing the real issues,? he added. Talking to media persons here on Friday, Soz said Samajwadi Party president and UP Chief Minister Mulayam Singh was levelling baseless allegations that the Union Government was not extending co-operation in State?s development.

india Updated: Oct 28, 2006 00:09 IST

UNION MINISTER for Water Resources Saifuddin Soz has alleged that development has taken a backseat in Uttar Pradesh and the ruling party has been raising slogans to fool the people.

“But only rhetoric will not work without addressing the real issues,” he added. 
Talking to media persons here on Friday, Soz said Samajwadi Party president and UP Chief Minister Mulayam Singh was levelling baseless allegations that the Union Government was not extending co-operation in State’s development.

He said the Centre was making concerted efforts for overall development of the country, and there was no discrimination against any State. “Such allegations are aimed at misleading the people,” he remarked.

Soz said adequate funds were given to UP to carry out the development projects, and it was the responsibility of the State to utilise the funds properly.

He regretted that the democratic norms were thrown to the winds and mafia raj was prevailing in the State. He said the Congress mayoral candidate Chaudhary Jitendra Nath Singh had a clean image and the contribution of his father,the Late Chaudhary Naunihal Singh, in development of the State was significant.

He said the Congress had emerged stronger under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and it would soon regain strength in UP. Talking about the role of Allahabad in the freedom movement and its contribution in the national politics, Soz expressed confidence that the people of this district would prefer merit to any other considerations.

When asked about the security arrangements during the civic election, he said the Centre would provide adequate para-military forces to the State. He said he was confident that the State would ensure a free and fair election, and would take special steps in sensitive areas.

Replying to a question about pollution in the Ganga, Soz said keeping rivers pollution free was the State’s responsibility, and the Centre was always ready to help the State in that regard.

When asked whether he was confident that the next assembly election would be conducted impartially in UP in case Mulayam Singh remained caretaker Chief Minister, Soz said nobody would be allowed to interfere in the electoral process.

The Election Commission was competent enough to ensure peaceful election.

Senior Congress leader Anil Shastri, Mahila Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi, UPCC spokesman Kishore Varshneya and UPCC secretary Javed Urfi were also present at the press conference.