|Amethi: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday charged that the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in|
Uttar Pradesh is blocking development, especially in Amethi, his parliamentary constituency. He said he wished to make Amethi the best district in the country, but poor roads and unreliable power supply proved the hurdles.“The roads and power scenarios are grim, because of the state government,” Rahul Gandhi said and also informed that he had plans to connect nine highways to Amethi. Rahul Gandhi told party workers and local reporters, on the second day of his two-day trip, that the state government was not serious about the state’s development. The Congress MP, who visited Amethi along with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, urged Congress supporters to fan out among the masses and asked them to inform people about the welfare schemes run by the United Progressive Alliance government.
He also took a dig at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) by saying, “Many people have come to Amethi and many have gone too.” Rahul Gandhi said he was here to stay. The Congress Vice President also met workers at Jayas in Amethi, and some women from a self-help group. His sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra deliberated with party workers at a guest house.
Rahul Gandhi also said he would definitely consider it if the party comes to power and the elected representatives select him for the post. “In Congress, elected MPs select the PM. After elections if our party comes to power and the MPs select me then I will definitely consider it,” Rahul Gandhi told reporters on the second and last day of his two-day tour to his parliamentary constituency Amethi. He was asked whether he would be ready to bear the responsibility of the top post.
Rahul Gandhi said even Manmohan Singh was selected by the elected representatives as in Congress there is no system of selecting the PM candidate before polls. “To select a PM is the right of the MPs and it should stay with them. Selecting a PM nominee before polls is not a democratic system, but part of personality cult,” he said.
Rahul Gandhi also told reporters that “democracy is not strong enough” in Uttar Pradesh and there is too much of personality cult. “There is too much of personality cult in Uttar Pradesh. In BSP Mayawati distributes the ticket and in SP only one family distributes it. In UP there are only MLAs and they do not have freedom to work properly,” added the Congress leader. When told that even Congress is being run by Gandhi family, he said the party was not run by 10 Janpath and has maximum democracy. “Democracy is not strong enough in UP. Without associating people, neither the democracy will get strong nor development will take place in the state. I am confident that I will bring Congress government in the state,” he added.
Rahul Gandhi also alleged that while the previous Mayawati government halted the entire development of Amethi, the current SP regime overlooked the area on power and road front. “UP was deprived of development from the last 30 years and unless Congress government comes the situation will remains the same,” he said.
Rahul Gandhi also dismissed allegations that development work has been neglected by him in his parliamentary constituency, Rahul said, “We constructed a number of national highways in Amethi due to which this area will be connected with prominent cities in the next five years and industries will be set up.” The local MP said that he had worked for the development in the area, but constructing link roads and power supply are the responsibility of the state government. He alleged that power situation in the state could not improve as the thinking of the political parties ruling from the last 21 years was not clear. Lamenting that primary education system in the state is in poor condition, he said running schools is the responsibility of the state government and not that of the Centre.
He said that he had fixed three objectives for Amethi – first, to promote agriculture under which a scheme has been started to set up 40 units of food parks to export local produce, second for education under which several institutes would be established and the third one was for dairy promotion. He said that seven years ago there was no market for dairy in Amethi and today more than one lakh litre milk was going out of the area. “I also developed Fursatganj airport and started Indira Gandhi national aviation academy,” he said. On being asked about renaming the district and its division, the Congress leader said he was not concerned about that as he connects with the people of Amethi. “Amethi is our home, it’s a family and we have a long relationship with it,” he said. “Papa (Rajiv Gandhi) had asked me to work with far sightedness and full commitment. I am doing so, here and in Delhi,” he said.
Attacking BJP he said, “We got some revolutionary bills passed in Parliament. Those bills were not passed by BJP. Lokpal Bill was not passed by BJP, but by us. Whenever a bill comes in the House, BJP opposes it. They have only work to oppose.”