New Delhi: With Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh scheduled in 2012, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to blow the election bugle against Mayawati government during his visit to Banda.

While the PM is likely to launch a scathing attack on the state government for inappropriate use of relief package allotted to Bundelkhand by UPA government, he can also make a dent in the BSP vote bank by announcing some major projects for the region.

It is believed that along with solving the drinking water problem, many projects of the irrigation programmes can also get his nod. Sources said complaints about the mismanagement of the Rs 7266 crore package allocated for Bundelkhand has already reached the Prime Minister’s office. Complaints were made that relief package allocated under different heads were used for other purposes and the work carried out through the funds were not up to the stipulated standards.

PM may also ask for an account of the unused funds under MNERGA for Jhansi, Lalitpur, Jalaun, Banda, Mahoba, Hamirpur and Chitrakoot districts.

The CM will be on Singh’s target on the issue of soaring crime graph in the state. Experts opine that Banda public rally will kickstart the Congress campaign for 2012 assembly elections.

Meanwhile, local Congress leaders collected details about the poor performance of ministers of Mayawati government, belonging to Bundelkhand region. In the memorandum to the PM, they will request for effective measures to end corruption.

Congress MLA from Banda, Vivek Kumar Singh said, “95 percent of the water bodies in the area have dried up. There is an acute shortage of drinking water in the area. so we are planning to submit a memorandum to the PM in this regard.”

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Rural Development, Pradeep Jain Aditya said, “ During the last three years, migration of people from this the region has increased. In Hamirpur and Mahoba, no work been done on the drinking water schemes and so the locals have pinned high hopes on the PM’s visit.”

JPN/Bureau