New Delhi: Launching a scathing attack on the Central government, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Thursday called the Congress party as the ‘mother of corruption’ in India. The BSP supremo alleged that the ruling party is only interested in serving the interest of capitalists.

Addressing a convention of BSP workers at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium in the national capital, Mayawati targeted the Centre over the issue of land acquisition and corruption.

“Congress government is not amending the Land Acquisition Act just because it wants to protect the interest of capitalists. There are several lacunae in the Act, but nothing was done over the last 60 years,” charged Mayawati, who has been battling the farmers’ agitation over land acquisition in the state for the last few months.

She claimed that in Congress-ruled Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Maharashtra and BJP-ruled Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, farmers were agitated over poor compensation for their lands acquired by the state governments.

“Before accusing my party of wrongdoings on acquiring farmlands, Congress and BJP should take stock of situation in the states ruled by them,” Mayawati said in the backdrop of violence in Bhatta Parsaul villages in Greater Noida.

“Right under the nose of the Central government, lands of farmers are being acquired in Delhi at poor rates,” she added.

Citing irregularities in the Commonwealth Games, she alleged that the money siphoned off during the Games was enough to upgrade the living conditions of people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

The BSP supremo asserted her party would press for amendment in the Land Acquisition Act in the Monsoon session of Parliament and if need be the party workers would 'gherao' Parliament on the issue.

She also claimed that unemployment and recent hike in fuel prices have aggravated the problems of the common man.

JPN/Bureau