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Sonia Blames Mayawati Govt For UP Ills

Blaming the Mayawati government for various problems plaguing the people, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday in Saraini of Rae Bareli district, said "a sorry state of affairs" continued despite several crores of rupees being
PTI May 17, 2010 18:48 IST
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Blaming the Mayawati government for various problems plaguing the people, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday in Saraini of Rae Bareli district, said "a sorry state of affairs" continued despite several crores of rupees being provided to Uttar Pradesh by the Centre.

'Though the Centre is providing crores and crores of rupees to the state for development and welfare schemes, I have been told about the problems like shortage of seeds, fertiliser and potable water being faced by the people of UP," she said at a meeting of party workers here.

Countering the Chief Minister's repeated allegation that the Centre was meting out step-motherly treatment to the state, Gandhi sarcastically said the attitude of the state government towards the development of Rae Bareli and Amethi was well known to everyone.

She asked party workers to work unitedly and raise their voice on development issues so that the benefit of the ongoing schemes reached the masses.

The Congress chief asked partymen to keep a close vigil on centrally-sponsored schemes to ensure that real people got benefit. She also asked party workers to discharge their social responsibilities sincerely and termed Congress as the "heart beat of the country.

Earlier, on the first day of her three-day visit to Rae Bareli, she inaugurated a newly constructed building of a sub-post office and paid tributes at Shaheed Smarak to martyrs who laid down their lives during the freedom movement.

Highlighting the achievements of the second stint of the UPA government, Gandhi referred to Women Reservation Bill and Right to Education Act.

Women Reservation Bill was a step towards realising Rajiv Gandhi's dream of providing 33 per cent reservation to women in Lok Sabha and the state assemblies, she said.

Education is the key to economic development and better life and under the RTE 20 per cent seats in private schools would be reserved for poor students, she added.

Citing various development work being carried out in Rae Bareli in the past few years, the Congress President said people are realising the benefits.

She said the UPA government was making all efforts for the welfare of poor, farmers and other sections of the society.

Recalling the glorious history of Congress, Gandhi said it was not easy to lead the country.

Terming Uttar Pradesh as the most important state, she said Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were all born here and had led the country.

"I draw inspiration from them and I am working with the same aims and objectives," she said.

Gandhi also inaugurated Wi-Max services of the BSNL in Dalmau and inquired about its utility for the local people.

Later, she undertook an extensive tour of her constituency paying unscheduled visits to different villages. PTI