Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Thursday blamed the Congress-led UPA government for the state’s backwardness.
“If the state could not progress properly, it is just because of hostile attitude of the Congress,” she said at a function to mark the completion of three years as chief minister of India’s most populous state.
Though she also blamed the SP and BJP for the state’s plight, the thrust of her attack was largely on the Congress, which has been making hectic efforts under Rahul Gandhi to regain lost ground in the state.
The CM, however, avoided making any direct comment on Gandhi’s visit to Amethi along with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on May 11.
Incidentally, it was the BSP that had bailed out the UPA by refusing to support an Opposition-sponsored cut motion in the Lok Sabha. And despite the animosity, Mayawati continues to officially support the central government.
The CM released a 38-page booklet that claimed: “The Centre did not release the state’s share of Rs 17,000 crore during the last three years to expedite developmental projects.”
Uttar Pradesh Congress spokesperson Akhilesh Pratap Singh reacted sharply to Mayawati’s accusations. “The BSP is blaming the Congress as it has little to show for its three years in office,” he said.