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Non-Congress state Govts ignored youth: Rahul

Rahul, who came in a private helicopter spent 10 minutes addressing the crowd under the scorching 42 degree Celsius, reports Pankaj Jaiswal.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2007 04:15 IST

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi once again tried to remind people how successive non-Congress governments in the State had ignored the youth power.

“Do you realise that its is the youth of UP that plays a vital role in the progress of Maharashtra, Haryana, and several southern states? They migrate to other states as they lack opportunities back home. Uttar Pradesh mein yuva ke haath bandhe huae hain (UP's youth is helpless as if they are in shackles),” said Rahul in his soft and suave style.

Rahul, the star campaigner of the Congress, was addressing a lean crowd in Tindwari, Banda, on Sunday afternoon in 42 degree Celsius.

He was campaigning for Congress candidate Bhagwati Prasad Prajapati. Rahul was accompanied by Capt Satish Sharma.

“If you think my current visits to UP are temporary and election-related, you are mistaken. I am here to stay for good”, he said while trying to strike a chord with the crowd.

Rahul, who came in a private helicopter accompanied with an Indian Air Force MI8 chopper, spent 10 minutes addressing the crowd under the scorching 42 degree Celsius. His whirlwind tour of Banda involved a road show in Banda town and another public meeting.

As usual, he broke the security cordon that sent the commandoes in a tizzy as he went shaking hands and greeting the crowd before boarding the chopper.

He wondered why the State had such poor roads, schools and hospitals even though the Centre had been allocating the highest percentage of funds to UP.

He asked the people to vote Congress back to power for the betterment of the State. “Those who had been holding on to power in the last 15 years have done nothing except dividing people on caste and religion lines. They have done nothing but are promising you moon once again. I just hope that you people have learnt the lesson. I call upon youth once again to strengthen themselves by bringing the Congress back to power,” he said.

Rahul also visited his constituency Amethi today. His roadshow covered Devipatan temple, Kakwa crossing, Gandhi chowk, Station Road and the Congress office. Traffic was thrown out of gear at several places in the areas that he visited.

Rani Amita Singh, Dr Sanjay Singh, Rajeev Singh and thousands of Congress workers were present in the roadshow.

First Published: Apr 23, 2007 04:11 IST