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Mayawati attacks Rahul Gandhi

The UP Chief Minister asks Rahul Gandhi to stop his "political drama" and repeats her threat of withdrawing support to the UPA coalition.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Lucknow
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2008 09:11 PM IST

Stepping up her attack on Rahul Gandhi and the government at the Centre, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Saturday asked him to stop his "political drama" and repeated her threat of withdrawing support to the UPA coalition.

Addressing a press conference a day after Gandhi staged a dharna in Jhansi in Bhundelkhand region, she told him that instead of enacting a "political drama" to hide the Congess defeat in the recent bye elections, which he has been doing for the last two days, he should, as an MP from the state, persuade the Centre to implement the special development package for Uttar Pradesh.

Mayawati told a press conference that the Congress "prince" has inherited political power and does not understand politics. He has forgotten that inflation was the biggest problem facing the people and the Central government could fall anytime on the issue, she said.

Fresh from her triumph of sweeping all the five bye elections this week, the BSP supremo, whose party has 17 members in the Lok Sabha, repeated her threat of withdrawing its support to the government at the Centre if it failed to provide special economic package of Rs 80,000 crore for development of eastern parts and the Bundelkhand region and check inflation within three months time.

"This is the last warning," Mayawati said adding she would be sending the letter of withdrawal of support without any warning to the President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi if the Centre failed on these two fronts.

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