All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Saturday preferred not to mention the Centres latest decision to allocate 4.5 per cent reservation to Muslims within the 27 per cent OBC quota,as he highlighted the central governments achievements in his address at a public meeting at Kasganj in Uttar Pradeshs Etah.
And perhaps,it was not without reason as Etah and adjacent Kanshiram Nagar district,both have considerable presence of backward caste voters like Yadav and Lodh OBC communities who dont like the move to carve a sub-quota from their quota share.
In his address,Rahul focussed on the Right to Information,Right to Education and Food Security Bill,which the4 Congress-headed UPA governmnent has introduced. He repeated his old remarks about Mayawatis magical money-eating elephant, besides highlighting irregularities in MNREGA. He also attacked the Uttar Pradesh CM for her governments failure to ensure availability of basic health facilities in government hospitals.
Although Rahul did not mention anything about Anna Hazare and his agitation,he spared a good time to explain that the UPA government had gifted the RTI as a strong tool to fight corruption. Earlier,information was made available to only MPs,MLAs,ministers and bureacrats. Now,the common man can also get information from the government, he said. I had written letters to the Prime Minister. Someone used RTI to get information about my letter to him. He credited RTI for bringing the corruption into open. Regarding Food Security Bill,he said this law would ensure food for all.
Koi bhukha nahin rahega (None would remain hunger), he said.
Before Rahuls speech,former MP Devendra Yadav,who joined the Congress on Saturday,gave credit to former union minister and Congress leader Salim Sherwani for his growth in politics. He referred to Sherwani as a leader who had introduced him to politics in 1989. Yadav,who left the SP just before the last Lok Sabha election,had contested against Kalyan Singh as BSP nominee in 2009 Lok Sabha elections and lost.