Rahul Gandhi takes on Akhilesh Govt., says UP lags behind in development

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 08, 2013 14:00 hrs

Taking potshots at the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) Government for the lack of development, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said the farmers and youth were unhappy as they were not getting the benefits of central schemes.

Asserting that Uttar Pradesh lags behind in development, Gandhi said: "Farmers are unhappy...they do not get fertiliser and seeds, there is a problem of power supply...unemployment has gone up and the youth are a worried lot."

"Development works have been implemented by the Central Government, which have benefited the people living in the lower strata of society and similar works will continue. But it is the responsibility of the people to monitor them," he added, while raising fingers on the functioning of the Samajwadi Party Government.

Gandhi, who has made his first public appearance in his parliamentary constituency Amethi after becoming the vice-president of the Congress Party, continued his road show and mass contact programme on the second day of his visit here.

The Congress Vice President had earlier on Thursday said that he was aware of the fact that the youth in Amethi have a lot of problems.

"There is lack of employment opportunities. And in particular, the development that should take place in Uttar Pradesh is not there and the youth here are given enough employment opportunities. The Government in Delhi (UPA Government) is yours and it is our endeavour to take this nation forward," he added.

Gandhi said the progress and development of the people of Uttar Pradesh and in particular those of Amethi is there is his heart and mind.

" I have to travel in the whole country, but when I come to Amethi it feels like I have come home. Amethi is my family and home. So, I feel extremely delighted when I come here. I know the youth here have a lot of problems," he added.

There is chorus in Amethi that 42-year-old Gandhi should now be considered for the coveted post of the Prime Minister.

Congress leaders and other well-wishers here of the ruling party at the Centre here are excited about Gandhi's elevation.

Gandhi had last visited Amethi just a few days before his formal elevation as the party's number two on January 19 during the Congress Party's three-day 'Chintan Shivir' in Jaipur.

Gandhi had campaigned aggressively in Uttar Pradesh during the state assembly polls, but his party did not perform up to his expectations and was relegated to the fourth position, winning 26 out of 403 seats.

Gandhi has now increased the frequency of his visits to his constituency following the party's dismal show in the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls last year. (ANI)

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