'How long will you beg in Maharashtra?'
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi launches scathing attack on UP Chief Minister Mayawati; presses youth to 'wake up'
Kickstarting the Congress campaign for the 2012 election from the constituency of his great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tried to invoke some passion into the youth and asked them to oust the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh.
In a passionate speech, Gandhi bellowed, "When will you wake up? I want an answer!" and the fervor did not ebb there as he cried out louder, "How long will you continue to beg for your livelihood in Maharashtra or Punjab? Remember, this will go on until there is development in your state. No change is possible unless you change your mindset and act to affect a change of guards."
The son of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, the junior scion was addressing a rally at the packed railway grounds on the city's outskirts in Jhusi. Gandhi was at his aggressive best against UP CM Mayawati.
Complaining about the rule, he said, "What makes me sad and angry are the utter neglect and exclusion of the poor from the development process in UP where things are just as they were two decades ago when Congress was in power." He further went on to blame the BSP and the Samajwadi Party for the state of affairs in Uttar Pradesh. "There was a time when Uttar Pradesh showed the way to the rest of the country."
And as if to give an explanation for BSP president Mayawati's oft-repeated sarcasm about his forays into poor Dalit homes, the Congress leader said, ""You cannot understand the meaning of poverty unless you mingle with the poor and share a meal with them and drink the water they draw from their unhygienic wells."
He further lambasted Mayawati for the rampant corruption in the state, which he felt, "was visible in the large scale blatant pilferage of funds meant for development."