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Now, Sonia vs Mayawati

india Updated: May 20, 2011 02:12 IST
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

Congress president Sonia Gandhi came out against the Bahujan Samaj Party government in Uttar Pradesh on the land acquisition issue on Thursday — for the first time since the Bhatta-Parsaul agitation.

Taking up the issue from party general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who spoke on the police-farmer clashes a day earlier, she said she was “ashamed to see the atrocities” by the Mayawati government in Noida-Greater Noida villages.

Endorsing Rahul’s stand, she accused the BSP government of using the state machinery to acquire land. "Yahan loot khasoot ki saazish chal rahi hai... yeh hum kaise bardasht kar sakte hain... kabhi nahi kar sakte (there is loot going on here. We will never tolerate it)."

Addressing a rally in this temple city on the last day of the party’s two-day state convention, she said: “The state has become andher nagri (dark city), where there is no law and order. The only politics being played in UP is caste politics.”
She also expressed confidence that the Congress would come back to power. The state is going to polls in 2012.

Claiming that no government other than the UPA had taken stringent measures against corruption, Gandhi said in an apparent reference to the BJP: “These parties couldn’t see corruption within.”

In her first reaction to the results of the just-concluded elections in five states, Gandhi said the results were an indicator of the popularity of the Congress and its strength.

“The BJP was limited to four-five seats only and the Left has been wiped out… Jo jaise karega, woh waisa bharega (as you sow, so you reap).”

Gandhi also urged Congress workers to go to the people and fight for them. “I am sure victory will be ours in UP as well.
The Congress party has always upheld your trust,” she said, assuring her audience that the land acquisition and food security bills would soon be taken up in Parliament.