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Maya attacks Rahul's statement

Attacking Congress and its Rahul Gandhi for promising to change the face of Uttar Pradesh in five years if voted to power, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati today termed it as a "desperate attempt to save whatever mass support it was left with" in the state.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2012 19:08 IST

Attacking Congress and its Rahul Gandhi for promising to change the face of Uttar Pradesh in five years if voted to power, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati on Thursday termed it as a "desperate attempt to save whatever mass support it was left with" in the state.

Cautioning the electorate against falling prey to promises and allurements of opposition parties, Mayawati asked them to be specially wary of Congress.

"In order to save whatever mass base they are left with, Congress is out to misguide the people that on coming to power it would end unemployment and poverty but these are false and high-sounding statements", Mayawati said at an election meeting in Lucknow.

"When it could not do so in the 40 years it had its government in the state after independece, how can they do the same in five years"? she said adding it is a fact that maximum people moved out of UP in search of livelihood during the Congress rule whom the party is today referring to as "beggars".

Criticising Congress and Rahul, she said that in order to woo Dalits, "they are repeatedly saying that they have great regards for Kanshi Ram but this hurt BSP men like thorns and it seems that Congress and its Yuvraj are out to humiliate him even after his death".

Referring to Rahul's remark that she (Mayawati) was doing good work before she became the chief minsiter, she said it was "indicative of Congress' pain over the progress of her samaj".

"Congress was happy when I had to run around seeking justice for the poor and downtrodden. But today, I have the masterkey in the form of power of the largest state and get justice for them by issuing directions to officers", Mayawati said adding Congress "has casteist mentality and cannot stomach this".