Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today had a dig at L K Advani's nation-wide yatra on the issue of corruption, saying he failed to see scams in Uttar Pradesh and BJP-ruled states like Uttarakhand and Karnataka.
"Though the BJP leader toured the whole country on the issue of corruption, he did not see scams in UP and states like Uttarakhand and Karnataka, ruled by his party," Rahul said at an election meeting here.
He also charged BJP MPs with not pressing the right button when the Lokpal Bill was put to vote in Parliament.
"At that time, BJP leaders were laughing, saying that the Lokpal Bill was not their dream. They did not think of the people. But the Congress always keeps the common man in mind," he said.
Stressing that the Congress launched MNREGA so that everyone could get employment, he said Congress brought the loan waiver scheme worth Rs 60,000 crore for farmers.
"Then for the weavers, we brought a loan waiver scheme, gave them subsidy on thread and also a weaver credit card, apart from easy loan," he said.
Gandhi said the biggest problem in Uttar Pradesh was that its leaders did not reach out to the people. "They think they know everything whereas the truth is that the common man has more knowledge than the leaders. Have you ever seen Mayawati or Mulayam Singh in your village? Do they ever talk to you?" he asked.
Now that elections are on, the SP chief is promising free electricity and says he will turn Bundelkhand into Israel. "He has been chief minister thrice - why didn't he do it then?" he posed.