Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said development in Uttarakhand was possible only if the Congress came back to power. The party lost power in 2007 but in the Lok Sabha elections of 2009, it won all the five seats in the state.
Singh criticised the state government, run by the BJP, for not utilising central funds for weaker sections to the extent targeted, and promised to bring the state back on the development path.
In a speech in Rudrapur - his first election address in the state - the Prime Minister exhorted the people to judge for themselves which was better -the current government or the previous one of 2002-07, run by the Congress.
"I have in my past speeches stated the coming days will have an abundance of challenges in the form of poverty, economic security, energy security, environmental security and national security. The Congress is the only party that understands these challenges," Singh said.
He regretted while on the one hand young people were committing suicide for want of employment, hundreds of posts for teachers were vacant, on the other.
Singh also spoke about central help in cleaning up the Ganga, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, and the National Rural Health Mission.