Congress for accountability from Mayawati govt, plans demonstratio

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Lucknow, Feb 9(UNI) The Uttar Pradesh Congress will launch its '' Hisab Do Abhiyaan ' against the Mayawati government through demonstration at all the blocks in the state on February 18.

The agitational programme would be launched to seek accountability from the Mayawati government about all the developmental works taken up by it and the utilisation of funds sent by the Centre.

Addressing a press conference here today, UP Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi said prominent demands in the agitation programme would be to provide a list of BPL cards to all political parties and transparency in the allotment of the Indira Awas Yojna and other centrally-sponsored welfare schemes.

Ms Joshi said the implementation of National Rural Gurantee Employement Scheme (NRGES) had been a failure in the state and only corruption and misutilisation of central funds prevailed.

Convenor of the Hisab Do Abhiyan and former Congress UP president Jagdambika Pal said proper training of the leaders would be held in the state capital before they venture into the districts for social auditing.

He said in May an evaluation of the entire developmental schemes would be done by the party.

Criticising the BSP government for targeting the Centre for not sending adequate funds for the state's development, Ms Joshi said during 2004-08, the Centre has already santioned Rs 11188.25 crore for rural development schemes.

'' Either the government is not spending the funds or they are misusing it was the main reason for people not getting the required benefits,'' she maintained.

Meanwhile, the UP Congress chief said yesterday's governor address in the state legislature was condemnable as the allegations made against the Centre were baseless and politically motivated.

She also said the party should rethink before giving election tickets to people like Ajay Pratap Singh, who resigned from the party and joined the BSP yesterday.

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