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Mayawati Mum On Gates Visit, Blames Congress For Migration

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Thursday  refused to make any comment on recent visit of Microsoft chairman Bill Gates with Rahul Gandhi to rural areas of the state but blamed the Congress for neglecting
PTI May 13, 2010 18:19 IST
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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Thursday  refused to make any comment on recent visit of Microsoft chairman Bill Gates with Rahul Gandhi to rural areas of the state but blamed the Congress for neglecting people welfare during nearly four decades of its rule.

"I will not speak on the issue," Mayawati told reporters in reply to a question whether by bringing Gates, the Centre is trying to sell poverty in rural UP.

Mayawati asked the Congress to look at the records of its 38 long years when it was at the helm of affairs both in the state and Centre.

"They should see for themselves as to how people from Uttar Pradesh had migrated to developed cities like Mumbai and Delhi in search of jobs...The maximum migration from the state had taken place in these 38 years because the Congress government gave no importance to programmes for the welfare of the sarv samaj and problems of poverty and unemployment," the BSP supremo said.

The UP CM said migrants have faced "step-motherly" treatment by the Congress-led government in those state and claimed that under the BSP government, people were feeling "good and cheerful". PTI

Bengal assembly elections in October, claims Mamata  Kolkata, May 13 (PTI) The West Bengal Assembly elections due next year could be advanced and held in October along with some other states including Bihar, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee claimed today.

"It is our political calculation that the Assembly elections in West Bengal will be held in October along with some other states, including Bihar.

You may or may not agree with my calculations," Banerjee told a crowded press conference here. 

Yesterday, she had said if the Marxists were defeated in the May 30 civic elections in the state, the assembly elections could be held within three months.

Banerjee expressed confidence that the Trinamool Congress would wrest power from the CPI(M)-led Left Front in the civic elections as also the Kolkata Municipal Corporation.  "If the Left Front is defeated in the civic polls, we will also demand advancing of the Assembly elections to October in the state," she said. PTI