Banda 20 January 2012 Shri Rahul Gandhi said on Friday that time had come to bid goodbye to the cycle and the elephant and bring the Congress to power in Uttar Pradesh. He said that for 22 years, the future of the people of Uttar Pradesh has been crushed between the elephant (BSP) and the cycle (Samajwadi Party). He said that the cycle rolled on and the elephant fattened on the money of the people while development took a back seat. Addressing a series of meeting in Bundelkhand on Friday, Shri Gandhi said that in 2004, the Congress had promised the people that it would give a government that worked for ‘aam aadmi’ and the promise had been fulfilled. Shri Gandhi said that the Congress 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 their lives, checked migration 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 and getting fat. 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.
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.” Shri Gandhi said that when he visited Bundelkhand two years ago, he saw the plight of the people here and took a delegation to meet the Prime Minister who immediately gave an Rs 8,000 crore package for this area. “Did that money reach you? Did you get wells dug? No, because the elephant in Lucknow ate it all up,” he said. Targeting the Samajwadi Party, he said that the centre sent money for giving employment to people but a few months before elections, Mulayam Singh gave them unemployment allowance instead. We sent employment but you got
unemployment. Shri Gandhi further said that the Samajwadi Party’s Umeed Ki Cycle has been punctured.
“You gave them three chances and your hopes were punctured. The police recruitment scam took place in SP regime and many of you paid money to get jobs,” he pointed out. He said that time had come for a change and he wanted Uttar Pradesh to regain 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.