With just a week to go, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday promised to return after the elections and work for the development of the state, irrespective of which party forms government.
Once again accusing different parties of bringing the downfall of the state with their caste politics, he told people at a rally here: “Other states are moving forward while UP is moving backwards. And it is only because of caste politics.”
Exhorting the youth to end the malaise and start a new chapter, Rahul said: “Sixty per cent of UP's population is youth. And if you think differently and work with vigour, UP can change.” Identifying the lack of employment avenues in the state that forces the youth to look for work elsewhere, he said: “People from UP are contributing in the development of other states but in UP, there are no jobs for them.”
Earlier, the Amethi MP kept the crowd waiting for over three hours. But that did not dampen the spirit of the people, who had come just to get a glimpse of the young leader.
Meanwhile, in retaliation to the Congress’s repeated charges of misuse of central funds, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav said that it was the Centre that was denying the state sufficient funds and holding it back.