Only a Congress govt can deliver in UP, says Rahul

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Amethi, Feb 8 (PTI) Accusing Mayawati government ofstifling centrally-sponsored schemes in Uttar Pradesh, RahulGandhi today said that Congress can ensure development onlyafter it comes into power in the state.

"Programmes are being chalked out in Delhi, but hereproblems are being faced in their implementation. Frankly,without having a government in UP, it is not easy to carry outdevelopment works," Rahul said while addressing a function inconstituency.

"We will make an effort to form a government in UP,then both the governments will work in tandem," said theCongress General Secretary who has been leading a campaign torevive the party in the crucial state where the Congress hasbeen out of power for over two decades.

The Congress'' Lok Sabha tally jumped to 22 from ninein the 2009 general elections in the state which sends 80 MPsto the Lower House. The party''s strength is just 22 in the403-member UP Assembly, elections to which are due next year.

Rahul alleged that the benefits of welfare schemeswere not reaching the targeted population in Uttar Pradesh.

"Earlier there was shortage of funds for developmentworks, but it is not so now. The problem is that the benefitsare not reaching the needy," Rahul said.

He said that adequate funds are provided by the Centrefor roads, but the projects are not carried out properly dueto corruption.

"Ek to sadak banti nahi hai, aur banti hai to chehemahine mein kharab ho jati hai kyonki contractor badmashi karjata hai (First of all the roads are not constructed and ifthey are constructed they get damaged in six month as thecontractors play mischief)," he said.

The Congress leader said that it hurts whendevelopment works were stifled by the UP government.

"We work our heart out and it really hurts when theyare stopped by the UP government," he said.

Citing example of the proposed Hindustan paper mill,Rahul claimed that the project was pending with the stategovernment for the last two years.

"The project, which could have given job to nearly10,000 people, is pending with the state government forclearance," he said.

Rahul said that a lot of work has been done in MNREGA,health and education sector and efforts were being made to domore in future.

He said that the Centre was trying to take the countryahead with a rapid pace.

"The government is making efforts to implement FoodSecurity Act in days to come," he said.

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