Lucknow, Oct 15 (UNI) Union minister of State for Steel and senior Congress leader Jitin Prasad today lashed out at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati claiming that in the state, industrialisation had come to a standstill and youths were on the verge of mass exodus due to unemployment.
''Never before the atmosphere of industrialisation was in such a bad shape as it is at the present during, the Mayawati regime,'' he told a press conference here, adding that ''no private investor is willing to invest in the state.'' Describing the allegation of Ms Mayawati against the Congress and its president Sonia Gandhi as 'baseless', Mr Prasad said the BSP leader was only doing politics to backstab the people of the state.
Terming the Mayawati government as the 'most corrupt' and 'inefficient', the Union minister said the State Government was misusing the central funds meant for schemes and programmes for upliftment of poor in the state.
Mr Prasada disclosed that along with the Rail Coach Factory at Rae Bareli, the State Government was preventing setting up of at least eight major big projects that included a CRPF recruitment center, Medical research institute and steel processing plant, all at Rae Bareli.
He said the youths of the state were now depressed after the industralisation scenario of the state deteriorated in the present BSP regime and they were now forced to go outside the state for jobs.
''When the private entrepreneurs are not ready to invest in the state, the effort of the centre to set up industry had been derailed by the Mayawati government, itself proves the evil thinking of the state government,'' he commented.
When asked about the announcement of Ms Gandhi yesterday at Rae Bareli that she was ready to go to jail if prevented from coming to her constitutuency, the union minister said ''Ms Gandhi would be the last person to go to jail, as before that lakhs of Congress workers would reach their in protest against the anti-people stand of the State Government.'' To another poser of Ms Mayawati alleging Congress of only concentrating in Rae Bareli and Amethi constituencies, Mr Prasada said both the constituencies were the part of UP and any development there would mean development of the state.
He also criticised the Mayawati government on its charge of step motherly treatment for not sanctioning Rs 80,000 crore package.
''The planning commission had already given more than enough funds for the state's development. But misusing the funds on the name of statues and parks would not be allowed by the Centre,'' he said adding that there was no crunch of funds for development work as the State Government was not spending funds for the benefit of the people.
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