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Sonia lambasts State Govt

CONGRESS PRESIDENT Sonia Gandhi today lambasted the Mulayam Singh Yadav government for stopping 24-hour power supply to her constituency after she won the Lok Sabha by-election by a record margin from here. ?There are a lot of complaints about power supply here. The people had been getting some power earlier. It has been completely stopped after I won the Lok Sabha by-election,? Sonia said asking ?yeh kahan ka insaf hai? (what kind of justice is this?).

india Updated: Jun 18, 2006 01:47 IST

Cong chief announces projects for her constituency

CONGRESS PRESIDENT Sonia Gandhi today lambasted the Mulayam Singh Yadav government for stopping 24-hour power supply to her constituency after she won the Lok Sabha by-election by a record margin from here.

“There are a lot of complaints about power supply here. The people had been getting some power earlier. It has been completely stopped after I won the Lok Sabha by-election,” Sonia said asking “yeh kahan ka insaf hai” (what kind of justice is this?).

This was Sonia’s ‘thanksgiving’ visit to Rae Bareli after her by-poll victory. And on the first day of her visit she tried to cover all the five Vidhan Sabha segments of her constituency.

Addressing the people, she said some projects in the constituency have been started by her.

Sonia also indicated towards the electrification drive that was being undertaken in the constituency under the National Rural Electrification Programme. Two days before her visit she had sent Union Minister for Energy Sushil Kumar Shinde to review the progress of the programme in Rae Bareli and Amethi.      

Significantly, her chief election manager Rahul Gandhi, who led the campaign from the front in the by-poll, preferred to take a back seat in the car as Sonia accepted greetings and waved to the people. At some places, he came out and mingled with the people who waited for hours for them in the sweltering heat.

As a large number of people had assembled on both sides of roads there were no lunch breaks and Rahul had his lunch in the car.

On Sunday Rahul and Sonia would interact with Congress workers. All members of Rahul’s election team would also be present. This meet may also turn out to be an exercise to prepare partymen for the coming Vidhan Sabha polls.

Earlier, as Sonia went from village to village the people vented their ire over the power supply issue. There were also complaints against the water problem with people saying that they had not seen water in the local canal for a long time.

Local Congress leaders pointed out that the Mulayam government had refused to receive Rs 200 crore for cleaning the canals from the Centre.