Gives call for ‘jail bharo’
CONGRESS PRESIDENT Sonia Gandhi today called upon the Congressmen to launch a “Jail Bharo” against what she called the ‘Jeb Bharo’ government of Mulayam Singh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh.
Launching a frontal attack on the Mulayam government, Sonia said, “Those who promised to make Uttar Pradesh Uttam Pradesh have failed to do so.”
“Andher Nagri, Chaupat Raja,” Sonia added. “Those in power have not cared for the state’s development. Some people are working to serve their own interest and fill up their own pockets,” said Sonia.
“Crores have been sent to the State Government under the central sponsored schemes,” said Sonia while listing a number of schemes launched during the tenure of the UPA government. “Where have these funds gone.” Doubting if the funds had been properly used, she asked people to seek explanation from the Mulayam government on this. “Those who do not care would be taught a lesson,” said Sonia.
Launching her party’s campaign in the Rohelkhand region at a massive rally on the GIC grounds here, Sonia said, “Criminals and power brokers are ruling the roost here.”
This was the second in the series of Congress’ Nav Nirman rallies. And if the turnout at the rally was any indication, the show was successful by any yardstick.
With Sonia’s call for “Jail Bharo”, battlelines are now clearly drawn between the Congress and the SP for the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha poll. The rally also proved an appropriate counter to Samajwadi Party’s show at Rampur on Monday where participation was not as high.
Also, Sonia’s focus on the minority community was obvious at the rally that also had a large participation of Muslims. Highlight the achievements of the UPA government, she said, “There are, however, certain elements that are trying to cause hindrances in the way.
Terrorism is crime against humanity.” She however said no community should be targeted while fighting terrorism.
Rahul Gandhi was conspicuous by his absence at the rally. Yet most of the speakers asked the crowd to raise hands to support the demand that he be given some responsibility in the party scheme of things in UP.
Striking an emotional chord with the people, Sonia recalled close association of the Gandhi family with the Rohelkhand region and said Jawahar Lal Nehru too had been lodged in the Bareilly Jail during the freedom struggle. Sonia recalled how a number of industrial units, including a major rubber factory, had been closed in the region and said the condition of farmers and the power situation had shown no signs of improvement. “This is the reality of a non-Congress government,”
said Sonia while calling upon the people to bring in a change in the state.
Sonia also took a dig at the attitude of a section of Congressmen in the state and said the Congressmen would have to give up this approach.
She also urged the youths to come forward and contribute in nation building.