Balrampur: A day after Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma faced the ire of voters at a poll rally, BJP on Thursday questioned how Rahul Gandhi would fulfill the promise of changing UP in five years when Congress leaders like Verma were being booed in their own parliamentary constituencies.
   
"Rahul Gandhi is promising development in all his meetings throughout the state but how is it possible with his ministers of the stature of Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma being hooted and not being allowed to speak in his own parliamentary constituencies," senior BJP leader Kalraj Misra said.
   
"How would the Congress and Rahul Gandhi be able to fulfill such a promise," Misra said, adding that though Congress is claiming itself to be the strongest party in the state, it is its leaders who are facing the maximum opposition.
     
Verma, MP from Gonda, was shouted down by people in his constituency on Wednesday in the presence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. He had faced a similar situation in November when he shared the stage with Rahul Gandhi.
   
Terming SP, BSP and Congress as sides of the same coin, he said these parties were involved in a "mad race" to appease Muslims.
   
"There is a mad race for pleasing the Muslims by granting them reservation.
     
"Centre has given 4.5 percent sub quota to minorities within 27 percent quota of the OBCs going against the constitution which disallows reservation on the basis of religion", he said, adding now "Congress is promising nine percent quota to Muslims while SP and BSP are saying that they will give 18 percent reservation which is unconstitutional."

(Agencies)