Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday accused the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh of handing out step-motherly treatment to Lok Sabha constituencies Rae Bareli and Amethi, from where she and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi have been elected.
Arriving on a three-day tour of her constituency, the Congress chief was flooded with complaints of corruption in implementation of central government schemes, issuance of BPL cards, erratic power supply and inadequate drinking water.
At many places local people waited on both sides of the road to see her despite the scorching heat. About 100 women approached her at one place with placards demanding improvement in the power supply. “We want power,” said slogans on the placards.
This might have prompted Sonia Gandhi to launch attacks on the state government, though she refrained from naming Mayawati. “The state government should take care of the problem,” Sonia said.
Her criticism of the state government came about a week after Mayawati charged the Congress-led UPA government with not cooperating with her government. “We all will have to collectively monitor implementation of development projects to ensure their success. The biggest responsibility to implement the projects rests with the state government. But you all know about their attitude towards Rae Bareli and Amethi,” Sonia Gandhi told party workers after inaugurating a sub-post office here.
“The Centre sends thousands of crores to the state government to implement development schemes. It is your responsibility to ensure that benefits of these schemes reach the people. This will strengthen the Congress,” she said.