Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati on Thursday lashed out at the Congress for the backwardness of its strongholds Rae Bareli and Amethi-Sultanpur.
Addressing an election rally in Amethi-Sultanpur, Mayawati said the Nehru-Gandhi family members never took interest in the development of the region that successively elected them to the Lok Sabha.
Without naming Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who has been holding a series of meetings in Rae Bareli and Amethi, Mayawati said “begging for votes” could have been avoided had the Gandhi family worked for the people.
Pointing out that large number of people from the two parliamentary constituencies had migrated to other states for jobs, she said, “There has been no development during the last 40 years. Gandhi family never honestly discharged its duties towards the people of the state”.
Referring to Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s statement on UP youth’s migration, she said, “The Congress is now calling them beggars”.
Attacking her opponents, the BSP president said they were discriminating against the ‘Bahujan Samaj’ and that her party would form the government on its own. Mayawati said her party had shown the door to tainted leaders.
Mayawati accused the Centre of “discriminating against UP in release of funds for welfare schemes” and dragging its feet on various proposals aimed at ensuring better governance, including carving out of smaller states. She said the Congress was misguding people on sub-quota for Muslims. She said the Centre had not been giving economic packages demanded by the state, including the Rs 5,000-crore package sought to revive the industrial units in the area.