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Pave way for Cong return in UP: Sonia

Holding non-Congress Govts responsible for all ills in UP, Sonia gives a clarion call to the masses to ensure the formation of a Congress Govt in the state, reports Prabhu Razdan.

india Updated: Jun 22, 2012 13:15 IST

Holding the non-Congress governments responsible for all ills in Uttar Pradesh, UPA chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday gave a clarion call to the masses to ensure the formation of a Congress government in the state.

Addressing a mammoth election rally in Beniabagh Park, she said, "There should be a wave of change in Varanasi this time and its impact should be felt in the state."

Varanasi and its adjoining districts will go to poll on May 3 in the sixth phase.

Continuing her whirlwind election tour in different parts of UP, she lashed out at the non-Congress governments for the backwardness of the state.

Hitting out at the Mulayam-led Samajwadi Party government for lawlessness in the state, Sonia wanted to know from the people how they could let things take such a bad shape.

She urged the people to oust the present government and pave way for return of the Congress government. "The Congress can shape future of UP and its people," Sonia said amid thunderous applause from the jam-packed audience.

Blasting the present SP government, Sonia said crores of rupees were released for UP’s development but "Is paisai ka atta patta nahi hai (Nobody knows where the money has gone?)," she said.

She said, "From Jawahar Lal Nehru to Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi—the Congress had a deep relation with Varanasi." She also referred to her late husband Rajiv Gandhi’s special attention towards this holy city when he had launched the Ganga Action Plan in 1986.

She said the Congress had deep relation with Varanasi also due to the late Kamlapati Tripathi and urged the voters to ensure Congress’s return to power in UP.

About the plight of weavers, Sonia said, "Bunkar Banaras Ki Shaan Hai (Weavers are the pride of Varanasi)." She said the state government had done nothing to raise their status. The UPA government, she claimed, had introduced many welfare schemes for the weavers.

Earlier, Congress incharge for UP Ashok Gehlot, UPCC president Salman Khurshid and Varanasi MP Rajesh Mishra spoke on the occasion. Sonia also addressed an election rally in Mirzapur.

First Published: Apr 30, 2007 22:36 IST