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Monday, January 23, 2012

Saffron party incapable of ruling: Rahul

Rishikesh, January 23
In his second phase of election campaigning in Garhwal division of the state, today Congress national general secretary Rahul Gandhi came out strongly on the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance tenure and also at the current BJP government in the state.
Addressing a huge rally in Rishikesh, Rahul said the saffron party actually didn’t know how to govern and that is why when the elections were nearing, it tried to bank on ‘media advertisements' to put a veil on its corrupt governance.
He also related the failed ‘Indian Shining’ attempt with the current BJP’s promotional election media campaign titled ‘Khanduri Hai zaroori’ and said they were fake attempts to fool the people. On ground reality, no development had been taken place, he said.
He had a dig at Khanduri by saying, ”If Khanduri is so ‘zaroori’ (essential) for us and the BJP, then why the party replaced him 2 years ago? Back then he was sidelined by the BJP and now just before elections they deem him imperative. It is only done to come back to power and fill their coffers once again from public funds,” said the Amethi parliamentarian.
“They (BJP) are saying that Khanduri is essential, but we (the Congress) know that ‘rail’ (130 km long Rishikesh-Karanprayag railway network) is more imperative to people of the state,” added Rahul, who had done his schooling from Uttarakhand.
Blaming the BJP state government for not properly implementing the central funded schemes, Rahul said even the Rs 700 crore for Maha Kumbh were gulped down by the Nishank government.
Terming the ambitious Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act as a face-changing scheme in the rural India, he said if respective state governments ensure its corruption-free implementation, then there would be no one in villages without a job in hand.
Terming the UPA government as a government of ‘Aam Aadmi, Rahul said be it presenting of Lokpal Bill, Food Security Bill, the Right to Information Act or the UID-Aadhaar card, the Central Government was doing every bit to ensure common man’s benefit.
Union Minister of state for Parliamentary Affairs Harish Rawat and state party chief Yashpal Arya also addressed the rally.
Dehradun, January 23
During his second leg of electioneering in the hill state of Uttarakhand, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government for alleged corruption scandals in looting the state coffers and treachery with the trust of the common man.
Addressing his first election meeting at Srinagar, Garhwal, Rahul said the BJP decided to change guard in Uttarakhand just before the Assembly elections to cover up for the wrongdoings of its state government under the previous Chief Minister.
Commenting on the BJP slogan of “Khanduri Hai Zaroori”, Rahul Gandhi said Khanduri was indeed needed by the BJP to cover up the acts of “thieves.”
“Khanduri is needed because the thieves need a cover-up (Khanduri isliye zaroori hai kyonki chron ko chhupna hai),” he said. He further said the BJP which had been talking about corruption had turned a blind eye to the corruption in the BJP-ruled states of Karnataka, Gujarat and Uttarakhand. He also mentioned about tainted BSP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha’s entry into the BJP in Uttar Pradesh.
He said the corruption had left Uttarakhand behind since the state BJP government has failed to utilise the funds given by the Central Government under various schemes. Rahul called upon the voters to bring in Congress government in the state for its overall development.
In Rishikesh, in a bid to puncture the ruling BJP's pro-Khanduri campaign, he asked why the current Chief Minister was removed in his earlier stint if he was so badly needed now.
"The BJP may need Khanduriji but people of the state don't need him. They need development. I want to ask the BJP if he (Khanduri) is so badly needed then why he was removed (in 2009)," asked Rahul, addressing an election rally here.

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