• Starving farmers denied tractors
• BJP should be ashamed of the India Shining slogan
Shri Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday blamed the governments of his main political rivals, the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Samajwadi Party for the current plight of Bundelkhand. Addressing a public meeting at Lalitpur in the Bundelkhand region today, Shri Gandhi said that the Centre had sent tractors for farmers, but the Bahujan Samaj Party minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui gave them to his sons instead. He said that when he visited Bundelkhand two years ago, he saw the plight of the people here. “I took your delegation to the Prime Minister who immediately gave a package for this area. Some months later when I came here again, the money had not reached you because the elephant in Lucknow had eaten it all up,” he said. Attacking the BJP , Shri Gandhi said that if its leaders had bothered to visit Bundelkhand and see the situation here, they would have felt ashamed for giving the slogan “India Shining.” He further said that parties like SP and BSP which sought votes on caste and community basis, are concerned only with ten per cent of the population whereas the Congress is inclusive and works for all sections of the society.
He said that when the Congress Party came to power in 2004, it gave the country the biggest employment scheme through MNREGA. “When we gave MNREGA, Mayawati said it would not work. If you have to see what change MNREGA has brought, you should go to Congress ruled states like Haryana, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. MNREGA has changed the lives of farmers and labourers, and given them self respect. In UP, it has not worked because the elephant eats up all the money,” he said. Shri Gandhi further said that the Congress had given to the people the right to education, right to information, right to employment and now right to food.
“Mayawati has said that this scheme is a natak. If we are giving you food, is that natak? It is not the Congress which is doing natak– it is the elephant in Lucknow that does the ‘natak’ by eating up the money. Under this scheme, every poor family will get 35 kgs of food grain every month but in UP it may not reach you if the elephant remains in Lucknow,” he said. Shri Gandhi further said that the Samajwadi Party is advertising its Umeed Ki Cycle, the Cycle for Hope. “You gave them three chances and your hopes were punctured. You all remember how the recruitment for police jobs took place, how goons had entered police stations and how it became difficult for the common man to lodge an FIR in a police satation,”’Shri Gandhi said, reminding the people of the state of lawlessness that prevailed in UP during Samajwadi Party rule. He said that time had come for a change and he wanted Uttar Pradesh to regain its lost glory. “I have not come here to win elections but to change the state. You must vote for the Congress so that you have your own government — a government that understands you and your welfare and works for your future,” he said. “You have given other parties 22 years, now give us five years and see the change we usher in.”