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Sonia slams UP for indulging in narrow politics

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Rae Bareli (UP), May 3: Congress president Sonia Gandhi today slammed the Samajwadi Party-led Uttar Pradesh government for ignoring the interests of the people and indulging in 'low-level politics'.

Addressing an election rally at Saraini assembly segment here, Ms Gandhi alleged the Mulayam Singh Yadav government was not using the central funds as ''it thinks the central-aided projects will give me undue political advantage.'' Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi has been making similar allegations during his campaign trail for his mother.

Ms Gandhi, who is seeking a re-election to Lok Sabha from Rae Bareli, claimed the SP regime was ignoring the interests of people to derive political mileage.

''The SP government recently refused to accept a Rs 265 crore central project for the Indira Gandhi Canal in Rae Bareli. This move will only create problems for the people.'' The Congress chief, however, hoped that the state government and centre worked in tandem for the overall development of common man.

''I wonder whether Rae Bareli is a part of UP,'' she quipped.

The Congress President, who reached the rally site three hours behind schedule, also slammed the opposition parties for raking up the issue of office of profit.

''Since, I have been working for people in an impartial manner, it is my duty to seek a fresh mandate after the opposition alleged that I was holding office of profit.'' Apparently referring to Mulayam's election speech in Rae Bareli yesterday, Ms Gandhi observed her 'sanksar' (culture) does not allow her to utter such language as being used by the opposition parties.

Dressed in a mustard sari with brown border, she later left in a carcade for Satawan assembly segment to address another rally.

She is slated to address as many as five election meetings in the constituency. She would address one meeting each in the five assembly segments in Rae Bareli -- Saraini, Satawan, Sadar, Dalmau and Bachrawan.

On Friday, Ms Gandhi had appointed daughter Priyanka Vadra as her election agent.

While Rahul would look after campaigning, Priyanka would handle the administrative part of the electioneering.

The Congress chief had resigned her LS seat on March 23 over the ''office of profit'' controversy.

UNI

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