Congress general secretary and Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi on Monday alleged that the Uttar Pradesh government was creating hurdles in the central government's developmental projects.
Gandhi, who was in this main town of his constituency to inaugurate the stamping unit in the Jagdishpur plant of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, said: "Take for example the Hindustan Paper Mill that is proposed by the central government. A Rs.3,000-crore project, it will generate direct and indirect employment for nearly 25,000 people, but the state government refused to give us land and even returned the money we deposited for the same."
He said the central government had opened a lot of schools, factories, professional education institutions in the region and would continue to work for the development of the people.
"We need to fight together for our region to generate employment for the people of the region and the entire state," he told the audience in this area, about 100 km from state capital Lucknow.
Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Vilasrao Deshmukh, who was also present on the occasion, said: "On my way here from Lucknow along with Rahul, I saw thousands of youth anxiously waiting for Rahul. Their enthusiasm reflected how much they love their leader and the works done by him. We are committed to give them employment and wish to assure that many such industries will be set up in the region."
Deshmukh said: "If the state government allots us land for the paper mill, I assure you that we will lay the foundation stone in a week."
Praising Gandhi and her mother Sonia Gandhi's constituencies (Amethi and Rae Bareli), Deshmukh said this was not only the constituency of the people of the region but of all Indians.
"People across India see these constituencies as a role model of development. The central government will extend all possible help for the development of this region," Deshmukh said.
After landing in Lucknow in the morning, Rahul Gandhi went to the Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital there and inaugurated the paediatric department.
Later, Gandhi visited villages in his constituency.
During his three-day stay in Amethi, he will inaugurate a school, and attend the certificate distribution programme of a local branch of the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad.