Varanasi: Declaring a war against Mayawati government, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said his party would go to every village of the state and fight for ousting the BSP-ruled government. (Agencies)
"I will reach every corner of the state and fight with you holding your hands. We will fight them (UP government) in every village and we will throw them out," Gandhi said adding
it was not a fight for elections.
Giving a call to uproot the Mayawati regime in Uttar Pradesh, Rahul said that the plight of the poor and downtrodden in the state was enough reason for her government to go.
He also demanded a judicial inquiry into the violence in Bhatta-Parsaul villages he visited last week to empathise with the farmers agitating against land acquisition.
"Locals said that they were ready to give land. Women and poor farmers in the village told me, see what is happening to us. Why our houses are being burnt? Why are we beaten up? These questions are being asked," he said addressing a two-day convention of the party here.
Rahul's remarks come in the wake of media reports quoting villagers in Bhatta-Parsaul about the alleged police atrocities but disclaiming knowledge of rape of women and
burning of farmers.
Challenging BSP, which says that he lacked issues, Rahul said that he had a lot of issues and time and would reach all the village of the state to fight with common man.
About the clashes in Greater Noida, Gandhi said that he went to the affected villages but only women were there as majority of men had fled due to fear.
Congress backs Rahul
While Gandhi himself remained silent on the veracity of the allegations he made after meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday, Congress party came out in his
defence saying he only repeated what the villagers told him.
"Whatever has come in media in unfortunate. Nowhere did he (Gandhi) mention the number of 74 or 74 bodies. Rahul Gandhi had only said that at one place an ash heap of 70 foot
area was there in which bones were found," Congress General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi Dwivedi told reporters in New Delhi.
"I recently went there (Bundelkhand) where condition of roads were not good, farmers were not getting their due in mandi (market", he said asking partymen to gear up for the decisive battle.
Fight not for elections
Asking partymen that his fight was not for the coming polls but for the development of Uttar Pradesh, he said that state had seen governments of SP, BSP and BJP but none of them could ensure development.
"Our fight is not for winning elections but to ensure better future for youths and development", Gandhi said adding, "we want to change UP, we want to ensure development and this cannot happen without Congress."
He claimed when asked about MNREGS scheme in Haryana and Andhara Pradesh, farmers and poor had all praises for it but on the contrary UP government said that the scheme was not needed in the state.
BJP lashes Rahul Gandhi
Meanwhile, BJP lashed out at Rahul Gandhi for his claims of police brutality and rape in Greater Noida villages, and said the Congress leader should refrain from making such statements without ascertaining facts.
"While being in opposition, we should be careful not to hurt the sentiments of people we are supporting...though atrocities have been committed against farmers, Rahul Gandhi
has no right to insult the women and poor farmers of the area by claiming on TV that they have been raped," BJP spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain told a press conference here.
He said without carrying out proper investigations and ascertaining facts, Gandhi should not make such comments. "His statement is an effort by Congress to make the fight directionless," Hussain alleged.
Parliamentary probe demanded
Asked whether BJP supported the demand of Congress for an independent probe into the violence, he said a joint Parliamentary team should investigate the matter to bring out
Commenting on the feedback BJP leaders have received from the residents of village Bhatta Parsaul, Hussain said while there had been incidents of atrocities, nobody has come
forward with complaints of rape.
"If Rahul Gandhi knows that rapes have been committed, he should ensure that a case is registered in this regard. He should not go to the media with the allegations," he said.
None serious for farmers’ plight
Hussain said if Mayawati thinks Gandhi has made a misleading statement, then she should take action against him. But at the same time he hinted that it was not possible as "match has been fixed" between the two parties.
"Neither is Congress, nor Gandhi serious about the plight of the farmers. If at all he is serious, has the Centre issued an advisory to the state government under Article 355,"
He said the BJP was serious about the Land Acquisition Bill with amendments and would support it in Parliament. The BJP MP also scoffed at suggestions that Rahul's stand on UP
violence was supported by party veteran L K Advani and young MP Varun Gandhi.
Varanasi: Declaring a war against Mayawati government, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said his party would go to every village of the state and fight for ousting the BSP-ruled government.