No pact with BSP in Uttar Pradesh: Rahul Gandhi

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Mirzapur (Uttar Pradesh), May 18 (ANI): Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday ruled out any political understanding with Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

Gandhi indicated that the Congress might go alone in the 2012 assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.

"I am ready to fight your battle. Take me wherever you want. Together, we will change Uttar Pradesh for the better. There will be no political understanding or pact with the BSP. Congress will defeat the BSP government. The youth of Uttar Pradesh will help us achieve this," said Rahul Gandhi at a rally here.

"During voting in Parliament on the cut motions, newspapers wrote that Congress has struck a deal with the BSP. I would like to say there will be no agreement with the BSP and no compromise with the future of Uttar Pradesh," he added.

Further lashing out at the other political parties, Gandhi said the governments led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Samajwadi Party (SP) and BSP have failed miserably to bring change to the state, as a result of which the people are forced to seek employment in other states.

"You go to Maharashtra and are chased away. You go to Haryana and Punjab and help those states progress. If UP strides to progress, the entire country will make a beeline to this state," said Gandhi.

"BJP said it will work wonders. SP played the caste card and BSP said it has formed a government of Dalits. The Dalits say there is no government in Uttar Pradesh and I know that you will send the BSP packing as you did with the BJP and the SP in the past," he added. (ANI)

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