Saharanpur: Firing fresh salvo at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi said the magical elephant of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) consumes all funds allocated for Centre-run schemes in the state.

As stage is set for assembly elections in UP, which is scheduled to take place on February 2012, Congress scion launched scathing attack on principal opposition Samajwadi Party (SP) regarding Muslim reservation. He said Mulayam Singh Yadav who is advocating 18 percent quota for minorities could not do for the betterment of the Muslims during his tenure as Chief Minister.

Addressing a public gathering at Gandhi Ground in Saharanpur, the Congress leader tried to woo minorities and Dalits. Promising all-round development in the state, Rahul urged the people of the state to break the SP, BSP ruling lasting for the last 22 years and put the Congress at the helm of affairs.

Talking about the Muslim reservation in OBC quota, Rahul said that the Congress had given Muslims the benefit of reservation. However, there are some political parties which claim that the Central government has not done anything for this section of society.

Taking potshots at the SP, he asked, “If political parties are really keen to do something for the minorities, why have they not mentioned about 18 percent quota for Muslims in their election agenda?”

 (JPN/Bureau)