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No pact with BSP; will fight battle for better future: Rahul

india Updated: May 18, 2010 21:14 IST
Anuraag Singh
Anuraag Singh
Hindustan Times
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In his maiden public rally in the naxal heart of UP, Congress national general secretary Rahul Gandhi made it loud and clear that his party will not have any truck with ruling BSP ever.

A day after the killer landmine blast in Dantewara (Chattisgarh), Gandhi, however, remained mute on naxalism and against expectations did not make any statements about how to win away misguided youths from naxal extremism.

"Speculations have been rife of a pact between the Congress and the BSP, after the recent voting in the parliament. But let me make it crystal clear, we'll never have any pact with the BSP at any cost, but will defeat the present govt in Lucknow," said Gandhi towards the end of his 15 minute speech in naxal hit hillside Ahraura Deeh of Mirzapur district of East UP.

Addressing a crowd of over one lakh people gathered from across East UP, Gandhi lashed out against the BSP govt in UP, saying the BSP govt terms itself as govt of Dalits.

But ask me as during my tour to various Dalit villages, what I've heard. "The Dalits say kaun si sarkar, yahan koi sarkar nahi hai" (which govt there is no govt here).

It's the Congress that will defeat the BSP, but the story will not end here. We need to build a UP of bright future for which youth like you are necessary.

Maintaining that youth power is the instrument of change and development in UP, Gandhi said "aap jahan bulayenge main aane ke liye taiyar hoon aur apki ladai ladoonga" (call me where ever you want and I will be there to wage a fight for you) said Gandhi sowing the seeds of a youth movement for political change in UP.

Youths from UP, not finding development here go to Maharashtra, where they are ousted insultingly. Also they bring prosperity in New Delhi, Punjab and Haryana, but don't find jobs in their own state with a population of 18 crores.

Added Gandhi, look at Sonebhadra district of East UP, which has lost it's copper industry and the present govt in the state has also failed to do anything for weavers..is there really a govt here.

Let me assure you Cong will bring development in UP and build a prosperous future for youths, who have not reaped benefits of MNREGS, largest employment scheme in the world.

"In all states (irrespective of who rules there) MNREGS is a hit, but in UP the commoners say they don't know about it due to faulty implementation by the BSP govt, which does not send use full central funds.