Special Correspondent

CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda asserted on Saturday that his State was much more developed than Uttar Pradesh.

Addressing a well- attended public meeting organized as part of the ongoing Congress Yatra at Baraut in Baghpat (U.P.), he asked the people to evaluate for themselves the “development” taking place in the two neighbouring States.

Striking a rapport with the audience, mostly consisting of rustic folk in the Jat land, Mr. Hooda urged them to judge for themselves why there was less production in U.P. despite having more fertile lands than in Haryana.

He further asserted that the farmers of Haryana were getting much better prices for their sugarcane despite the better sugarcane quality in U.P.

Mr. Hooda attributed the “lack of development” in U.P. to the leaders not pursuing “pro- development policies”. Also, there had been no Congress regime in U.P. in the last two decades, he added.

It was the Congress under the dynamic leadership of Sonia Gandhi which had given the mantra of ‘unprecedented development” which was being ably carried out by the UPA regime at the Centre headed by Manmohan Singh and the State Governments where the party was in power.

Asserting that the mood of the people in U.P. seemed to be strongly in favour of the Congress, he, urged them to repose their faith in Ms. Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to take U.P. on the development path.