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Updated: September 25, 2009 16:21 IST

Congress flays UP’s intelligence for failing to track Rahul’s visit

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AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi
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AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi

The Congress on Friday advised Uttar Pradesh government to strengthen its intelligence network, which proved to be a failure during the recent surprise visit of the party general secretary Rahul Gandhi to rural areas of eastern UP.

Congress Legislature Party leader, Pramod Tewari said here, “It is a glaring example of the working of the UP police and its intelligence network that a high profile SPG protectee moves about in districts and it has no information about his movement.”

“If this is the case with an SPG protectee, then one can only pray for the State,” Mr. Tewari said adding that law and order and the working of the police network cannot be improved merely by changing the DGP.

“As SPG looks after his security, it was informed about the visit two to three days in advance,” Mr. Tewari said on the complaint lodged by the UP government that it was kept in dark over Mr. Gandhi’s visit.

UPCC president, Rita Bahuguna Joshi who was also present said that Mr. Gandhi’s surprise visit was a warning not only to the State administration, but also to the Congress leaders.

“Even the local MPs were not informed, as he wanted to reach out to the common people and take stock of the reality of the welfare and development schemes, as well as the role of the administration and the Congressmen,” Ms. Joshi said.

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