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UP fight moves to hill state

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi and BSP president Mayawati resumed in Uttarakhand on Monday where they had left in Uttar Pradesh - targeting rivals on the issue of corruption.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2012 02:00 IST
HT Correspondents

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi and BSP president Mayawati resumed in Uttarakhand on Monday where they had left in Uttar Pradesh - targeting rivals on the issue of corruption.

But there was a difference here. While Gandhi targeted the BJP only for its "double standards" on the matter, Mayawati lambasted the Congress for "promoting graft".

In her rally in Roorkee on Monday, she said the central government, led by the Congress, was responsible for 62 major scams involving R20 lakh crore.

And, in a speech on the outskirts of Dehradun, Gandhi asked why the BJP, so quick to point fingers at the central government, did not see corruption in the states the party ruled - Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.

Gandhi accused the Uttarakhand government of siphoning off funds meant for the Kumbh Mela. "It is also involved in land scams," said Gandhi.

"I am not in politics for two-three days or six months. I will be in politics for another 15-20 years" said the Congress leader, adding he was instrumental in infusing young blood in the party's front organisations - the Youth Congress and the National Students' Union of India.

"Corrupt ministers chucked by Mayawati in UP are finding place in the BJP and (Babu Singh) Kushwaha is one of them," Gandhi said, adding, "we (Congress) are committed to fighting corruption."

In her address in Roorkee, Mayawati played the Dalit card.

"(Despite their scams) these are the people who say the UP government of Mayawati did lots of scams. This is absolutely untrue because they do not want a Dalit ki beti (daughter of the Dalits) ruling," said the UP chief minister, referring to the Congress.

Though she spoke for 40 minutes, she dwelt only on schemes she started in UP.

"Until or unless the feeling of 'sarvajan hitay sarvajan sukhay' (the gain of the many, the welfare of the many) blooms in hearts of the people in governance, the welfare of every community will not happen. It is only the BSP that follows this line of thinking," she added.