Cong to agitate on Rail coach factory issue in UP from Oct 19

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Lucknow, Oct 16 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh Congress today announced to hold a state-wide agitation from October 19 to protest the Mayawati government's land withdrawal decision for the Rail Coach Factory at Rae Bareli and 'insulting' remarks of the Chief Minister for its party president Sonia Gandhi.

''We would organise first phase of the state-wide agitation from October 19 to 24. The party workers will violate prohibitatory orders and also not hesitate to go to jail,'' said state Congress president Reeta Bahuguna Joshi said addressing a press conference here.

''Ms Sonia Gandhi is ready to go to jail for development, but Ms Mayawati will also have to go to jail on corruption charges,'' she claimed.

Hitting out at the UP CM, Ms Joshi said she was a 'symbol of corruption' and now her insulting statements proves her immoral attitude.

''Our fight will be ''vikas'' against ''vinash'' during the agitation with protests at the assembly level,'' she said.

As per the programme, from October 19 to 23, protest and dharnas would be held at all the assembly segments with street corner meetings, wall writings and other programmes, while on October 24 similar programme would be held at the district headquarters.

The second phase of the agitational programme would be held in the first week of November and the dates would be announced later on.

Ms Mayawati has brought a shame upon both democratic and moral values by passing disgraceful comments on Ms Gandhi, Ms Joshi said with drawing a parallel between Ms Gandhi and Ms Mayawati saying the former has set an exemplary for all by sacrificing the post of the Prime Minsiter, while the latter was going upto any extent for political gains.

She also questioned how many industry Mayawati had brought in the state during her past four regimes. ''Every state invited Tata's Nano except for UP, where the government first wants its commission from the industry before setting up the unit,'' Ms Joshi claimed.

Yesterday, Ms Mayawati had made a scathing attack on the conduct of the Congress over the issue of land in Rae Bareli and charged Ms Gandhi for playing dirty politics. The UP CM had even raised that why the issue was being raked now just before the coming Lok sabha polls. ''Why the Congress woke so late in laying foundation stone of the Rail Coach Factory, while it had been announced many years ago,'' Ms Mayawati had asked.

The spat had started on October 12, when the UP government had cancelled the land as sought by the railway ministry for the set-up of the proposed Rs 2,200 crore rail coach factory in Rae Bareli, which happens to be the parliamentary constituency of Ms Gandhi.

The very next day, the matter had reached the Allahabad High Court, which had passed status quo orders on the land.

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