Stepping up the offensive against the Samajwadi Party, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi today accused the Mulayam Singh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh of promoting "goondaism and corruption".
Addressing a rally at Sisouli, the hometown of Bharatiya Kisan Union patriarch Mahendra Singh Tikayat, Rahul said that he wanted the youth of Uttar Pradesh to change the Samajwadi Party government. "It is promoting goondaism and corruption in the state," he said.
"I have come here to work shoulder to shoulder with you to herald a change," he said at the rally which was also addressed by Tikait and his son Rakesh Tikait, who is contesting from Khatauli assembly constituency as a Bahujan Kisan Dal candidate.
Congress has entered into a pre-poll alliance with the BKD, the political wing of BKU, of which the junior Tikait is the president.
Rahul said the successive non-Congress governments in the state have failed to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of the people. "It is time to end the injustice of the last 15 years and the youth should take over the reins of the state," he said.