Mayawati strikes back at Rahul Gandhi

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Lucknow, Jul 19: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati on Saturday, Jul 18 slammed at Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi for accusing her government being responsible for state's dismal power scenario and said the Congress should 'first set its own house in order before accusing others'.

Mayawati said, "It would have been better if Rahul had commented on the pavitra (holy) book in which Joshi has made disparaging remarks against senior Congress leaders."

Targeting 'yuvraj' (prince) Gandhi for criticising the state's development, Mayawati said, "After independence, the Congress ruled Uttar Pradesh for nearly 40 years, but in terms of development we have done much more than the Congress in our two years.

While Rahul Gandhi on Friday, Jul 17 in Amethi had asked his party workers to work for the poor, Mayawati said, "The Congress in Uttar Pradesh has just failed to work as per the expectations of the public. Bet it Muslims, Dalits, people from backward classes or the poor from upper castes... the Congress has not bothered to work seriously (to improve) their living standards."

Mayawati blamed the Congress for power shortage in the state and said efforts were on to solve the crisis. "If all goes well, by 2014 people in the state will permanently get rid of power cuts."

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