Dehradun: Lambasting Uttarakhand government over its failure to contain rampant corruption and scams in the state, Congress national general secretary Rahul Gandhi accused the BJP-led state government of failing to utilise funds provided for the Centrally-sponsored schemes.

While addressing an election rally here on Friday, Rahul Gandhi emphasized his focus on long-term growth, and promised to deliver a government of ‘aam-aadmi’.

Rahul in his 20-minute speech remained silent on the Lokpal Bill issue. He, however, welcomed Sachchar Committee recommendation of 4.5 percent Muslim quota within 27 percent reservation for OBCs.

He said, “The Uttarakhand government thinks only in terms of usurping the money given by the Centre for various projects, may it be for the Kumbh Mela. The CAG also commented on it. 17 Hydro projects were given to a single company. Top Ministers are indicted in land scams. Funds provided for the Centrally-sponsored schemes have been siphoned away, while money is being minted through illegal mining.”

“During Congress regime, the state was at forefront but now, it stands at 19th position. The state has been compared with Karnataka and the Chief Minister sacked on charges of corruption has been promoted,” he added.

“We (Congress) have done whatever we have said. The state needs a government which will work for the people, allow people to exercise their right. At present, lack of money can’t hamper progress; we need to look into the distribution of funds. We have to take a call to change the system,” the Gandhi scion said.

He further made an attempt to connect himself with the people of Dehradun by saying, “We are working to make the region an education hub like California.”

He further said, “The Congress linked development and rights together through MNREGA. Now, the Right to Food bill guarantees food at subsidied prices to priority and general households.”

The young Congress leader also made a promise to change the future of politics.

At around 3:15 in evening, instead of going backstage Rahul broke the security cordon and interacted with people. The rally was organsied at Parade Maidan in Dehradun, where the Congress general secretary kicked off the party’s ‘Pratigya Yatra’ on this occasion.

(JPN/Bureau)