‘Congress will make UP a top state’

Updated on Nov 23, 2011 01:21 AM IST

Sounding the poll bugle from Barabanki, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said UP would become the most developed state in the country in five years if the party returned to power in 2012. HT reports. Marching Forward: Rahul zeroes in on Uttar Pradesh

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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondents, Lucknow

Sounding the poll bugle from Barabanki, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said UP would become the most developed state in the country in five years if the party returned to power in 2012.

Gandhi, who is an MP from Amethi, launched an attack on the BSP, the ruling party in UP, and also criticised the BJP and Samajwadi Party, whose “misrule” over the past two decades had put UP “behind” other states. The Congress went out of power in the state in 1989.

"The BSP government is corrupt. Ministers, bureaucrats and contractors have siphoned off funds given by the Centre for UP’s development. Now, when a probe is on to trace where this money has gone, these corrupt ministers are making the rounds in New Delhi," Gandhi said.

A probe into the alleged misuse of National Rural Health Mission funds by UP bureaucrats is on. He said funds given by the Centre for the poor were “bypassed” by the state government. “Whose money is this?” Gandhi asked a gathering at an unscheduled stop at Sitauli, 25 km from Bahraich.

“It’s ours,” said a farmer, standing near the dais. “You are right, it’s yours. What’s your name?” asked Gandhi. “Kirpa Shankar,” the man replied, with a smile on his face.

On Monday, throughout the public contact programme, which started at Rajkiye Inter College in Barabanki, 30 km east of Lucknow, and culminated at a public meeting at Mehsi near Bahraich, Gandhi exhorted the youth to fight for their as well as the state’s welfare. He said the Centre had sanctioned a Rs 6,000-crore package for weavers.

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