Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday accused Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav of nurturing only his village and doing nothing for the development of the state.
Launching a broadside on Yadav on his home turf, she called his rule ‘chaupat raj and accused his government of pilferage of Central funds that 'were being pocketed by somebody'. “By developing his village and his people, he could not do any good to the entire Uttar Pradesh,” she said.
“Development cannot be brought by just making some people rich,” she said.
“Development should reach one and all and not just your near and dear ones,” she said at a large election rally at the
Exhibition Grounds in Etawah.
“This government’s days are numbered. It has no right to stay in power even for a day,” she declared.
Sonia did not directly name the chief minister during her brief address when she accused his government of pilferage of Central funds, saying “The Central Government is sending funds to UP. Where are these funds? Is somebody pocketing them? No one knows what happens to these funds.”
She listed the UPA Government’s projects and said the funds being provided for National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (NREGP), education, roads and the drinking water projects were not being properly utilised. “He does not do anything for the people. He even pours cold water on the UPA Government’s efforts to develop Uttar Pradesh,” she said. “The people have suffered too much.”
She asked people to wake up and ensure that the funds were properly utilised and said,“This is your money and it should be spent on you.”
Sonia’s attacks on Mulayam came a day after her son Rahul Gandhi addressed an election meeting at Barthana from where the chief minister is contesting the Vidhan Sabha election.
The CM is expected to address a corner meeting here later in the evening. His son Akhilesh Yadav addressed a number of corner meetings at Barthana on Tuesday.
Sonia also attacked the Mulayam Government for the poor law and order situation.
Striking an emotional chord with the people, Sonia said she was upholding the same values that Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi had upheld over the years. “Our nation-builders always cared for the nation and not for themselves,” she said, adding “the political scenario has changed now. There are people who join politics for loot and plunder. This should come to an end now.”
She referred to local issues, including closure of a spinning mill in Etawah. UPCC vice-president Satyadev Tripathi equated her visit with that of the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Tripathi said it was after a gap of 27 years that any member of the Gandhi family was visiting Etawah. Indira Gandhi had visited this place in 1980 to bring the Congress back to power, he said.