'Mulayam misguiding Muslims on reservation issue'
Targeting SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, Rahul Gandhi today accused him of misguiding Muslims on the reservation issue and urged the people to give a chance to Congress to usher in a corruption-free and development-oriented government in UP.india Updated: Jan 09, 2012 20:24 IST
Targeting SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused him of misguiding Muslims on the reservation issue and urged the people to give a chance to Congress to usher in a corruption-free and development-oriented government in UP.
Addressing election rallies in Ballia and Deoria, Gandhi said the SP chief sometimes demands 18% reservation quota and at other times 28% quota for them.
Gandhi also said Yadav had vowed not to align with former chief minister Kalyan Singh but had later backtracked.
"Mulayam Singhji had stated that he would never tie up with Kalyan Singh but did the same for political gains and now he is misguiding Muslims on the reservation issue", Gandhi, who is on the third day of his five-day visit, said.
Rubbishing Samajwadi Party's election slogan "umeed ki cycle", he said that people of the state have not forgotten the "misgovernance" of the previous SP government.
"Mulayam Singh Yadav says that he has umeed ki cycle. You relied on this cycle thrice but what did you get? What is the meaning of umeed ki cycle. Is this a joke? Are the people unaware of the reality", he asked.
Attacking BSP, BJP and SP for the backwardness of Uttar Pradesh, Gandhi said only Congress can bring a change that will benefit the people in all aspects.
"BJP, BSP and SP have done nothing for you. You have given them 22 years. Give us five years. The state will begin to change. We will change Uttar Pradesh," he said in Ballia.
At Deoria, where he addressed another election rally in the day, Gandhi repeated his charge that huge amounts of central funds were being misutilised by the Mayawati government.
"There is an elephant in Lucknow. This is a typical elephant. While ordindary elephants live on grass, this elephants eats up people's money. This is the first elephant that eats up the money of the poor," the AICC general secretary said drawing cheers from the crowd.