Ajit talks quota,Rahul jobs

First joint rally of the Congress-Rashtriya Lok Dal pre-poll alliance at Merrut came down heavily against the incumbent Mayawati-led BSP regime.

Written by Ravish Tiwari | Meerut | Published:February 3, 2012 2:34 am

Even as their political rhetoric displayed their constratingly different styles for Uttar Pradesh,the first joint rally of the Congress-Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) pre-poll alliance at Merrut on Thursday came down heavily against the incumbent Mayawati-led BSP regime.The old political war horses RLD chief Ajit Singh and Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh sought to woo the influential Jat community by promising their commitment to bringing the community in the central list of the OBCs.

“I am concerned that Jat does not figure in the central list of the OBCs. We have taken this issue up with the Prime Minister,Home Minister and Sonia Gandhi. We are waiting to bring it in the Central list for which a process has begun,” Digvijaya Singh said.

“When Jats are backward in Lucknow,in Bhopal,in Chandigarh and in Jaipur,how come they are not backward in Delhi (Centre). We are fighting for a just demand,” Ajit Said indicating his induction in the Union Cabinet may speed up thenprocessmto bring Jat in the Central list of the OBCs. Both of them also wooed the minority support base by reminding the 4.5 per cent sub quota for backward class minorities within 27 per cent quota for OBCs while Ajit sought to assuage the backward class Jats that it was not a new quota eating into the backward classmbut only an earmarking for the already eligible backward class minorities.

In contrast,both the new political players — RLD general secretary Jayant Chaudhary and Congress general Secretary Rahul Gandhi — skipped the subject while addressing an impressive gathering at Ramlila Maidan in Meerut on Thursday.

However,both of them have displayed rather distinct approaches between them,where Jayant had deplored the alleged repressive regime of Mayawati discouraging investment and personal initiative,while Rahul Gandhi continued with his now familiar rhetoric stressing on the welfare policies of last seven years of Congress-led UPA regime at the Centre to woo the voters for the alliance.

“Nobody had objections to the Delhi-Agra expressway. The issue was the forcible land acquisition of hectares around the expressway,” Jayant said maintaining a difference between the need for the expressway and the forcible land acquisition along side. This was in complete contrast to Rahul Gandhi who glossed over to pin down Mayawati on the issue of forcible land acquisition.

“What kind of government do you want? I want a government who takes care of the basic needs of farmers,labourers and youth… I want a government,which pays attention to the education and electricity. A government,which enhances the productivity of farmers,establishes new industry,creates new avenues of employment,” Jayant envisioned before the gathering alleging Mayawati government to be a failure on this count.

While Jayant invoked new avenues for employment for the youth,Rahul Gandhi with his familiar speech once again flaunted the right to work (MGNREGA) initiative of UPA and proposed right to food for future in place of enhancing the productivity of agriculture. “Even the members from farmer families want employment (outside agriculture),but in this environment (under Mayawati) no one is going to invest a single penny,” Jayant said.

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