Lucknow/New Delhi: Lashing out at Rahul Gandhi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Saturday said that instead of indulging in "votebank politics" and expressing his anger against the state government, he should vent his ire at the Central government. The Congress, however, accused her of "misusing maximum funds" given by the Centre.

Referring to Gandhi's recent remarks that the prevailing state of affairs in UP makes him angry, Mayawati claimed that welfare issues do not get the attention of the Congress 'yuvraj' and he does not get angry over them.

The Chief Minister said she wants to tell the 'yuvraj' that "instead of enacting drams for votebank politics, issuing wrong statements and expressing anger, he should rather direct it (anger) on the government in Delhi".

Mayawati said the Congress General Secretary should also help on the issue of inflation and rising petrol prices which were posing immense hardships to the people in UP.

"As an MP from the state he should exert pressure on the Union government for releasing funds for the welfare works and projects for Uttar Pradesh," she said.

Speaking at a function to dedicate UP Viklang Uddhar Shakuntala Misra University on the outskirts of the state capital here, she also questioned Rahul's "silence" on "attacks and harassment" on the people from Uttar Pradesh when they go to Congress ruled states like Maharashtra and Delhi in search of livelihood.

She also said that Gandhi does not get angry at his party ruled government in Haryana when Dalits are "uprooted" there.

Taking potshots at the Congress for stating that there was 'jungle raj' in UP, she referred to various incidents taking place in the earlier Congress governments of the state saying at that time it was regarded the rule of law.

On charges of corruption against her government, the Chief Minister said that Congress has had a "long history of corruption" and it is unbecoming of them to comment on our government.

Maintaining that all allegations against her government of encouraging corruption were unfounded and baseless and appear to be part of a "political conspiracy", Mayawati said she "inherited this problem (of corruption) from the previous governments and has been working to eradicate it".

Referring to the steps taken by her in this regard, she said action has been taken against ministers and officials whenever the charges have been serious.

"Despite knowing well that Congress could 'misuse' CBI and CAG (central agencies) for its political gains in the coming assembly elections or the Lok Sabha polls, probe in the NRHM and murder of three CMOs was handed over to them," she said.
Taking a dig at the opposition parties for taking out various yatras, she said after "failing" to make any impact on the public, they have roped in religious and spiritual gurus.

These yatras would not be able to mislead the people, the Chief Minister said, adding these parties could now take the help of film personalities which would do nothing but entertain the public.

Congress hits back at Maya

Hitting back at UP Chief Minister Mayawati for her remarks against Rahul Gandhi, Congress on Saturday accused her of "misusing maximum funds" given by the Centre in constructing parks and erecting statues including those of her own.

"There is no need to advice Rahul Gandhi. She is always hungry of funds despite receiving maximum funds from the Centre. It is a state where maximum funds have been misused", party spokesman Rashid Alvi alleged.

She has "misused funds in constructing parks and erecting statutes including her own, which is unheard of in our country," Alvi said.

The Congress spokesman was responding to Mayawati's remarks that instead of indulging in "votebank politics" and expressing his anger against the state government, Rahul Gandhi should vent his ire at the Central government.

"As an MP from the state he should exert pressure on the Union government for releasing funds for the welfare works and projects for Uttar Pradesh," she said.

JPN/Agencies