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Updated: February 14, 2012 15:47 IST

Sonia, Priyanka share dais; lash out at Mayawati

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Congress party President Sonia Gandhi speaks during an election rally in Allahabad. File photo
AP Congress party President Sonia Gandhi speaks during an election rally in Allahabad. File photo

Sharing the dais for the first time in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi today lambasted the Mayawati regime for lack of development alleging large scale corruption in implementation of central schemes worth one lakh crore rupees.

The Congress President and her daughter held all the non-Congress parties like BSP, SP and BJP, that ruled Uttar Pradesh over the last two decades, responsible for its current “sorry state of affairs” saying that the state was not like this when Congress was in power.

Asserting that the Centre never differentiated among states when it came to providing them with funds for development, Ms. Sonia listed schemes like MNREGA, PMGSY, NRHM SSA and several other plans under which over one lakh crore rupees were given to the BSP-ruled Uttar Pradesh.

Alleging corruption in the funds allocated to UP, she asked “Where is that money? Where was it spent? It is clear that scams and corruption have taken place.”

The Congress President was also critical of the State government for “obstructing” the implementation of Centre’s schemes and efforts to develop the state particularly Raebareli and Amethi represented by her and Rahul Gandhi.

Citing BSP’s earlier opposition to the Centre’s plan to set up a rail coach factory at Raebareli, the Congress President wondered - “Do the people of Raebareli and Amethi not have a right to employment?”

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