‘Mulayam eager for tie-up with Cong’

Rahul Gandhi said the Samajwadi Party was keen on forging an alliance with the Congress for the UP Assembly polls but his party had rejected it.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Moradabad/aligarh | Published: February 23, 2012 2:38:49 am

We rejected alliance with Samajwadi Party,our alliance is only with people,says Rahul

Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said the Samajwadi Party was keen on forging an alliance with the Congress for the UP Assembly polls but his party had rejected it.

“(SP president) Mulayam Singh Yadav was eager for an electoral tie-up with the Congress which was rejected by my party,” the Congress general secretary told a rally in Moradabad. “Our alliance is only with the people.”

At an election rally in Aligarh,Rahul accused Mulayam of making promises to Muslims on job quota which he could not fulfil. “Mulayam is making tall promises to the Muslim community which he knows well that he will never be able to fulfil,” he said.

Rahul said Mulayam had been the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on three occasions and his record on this issue speaks for itself. “If the SP supremo is sincere about giving quota to backward Muslims,then he should try to emulate the track record of Congress-ruled states including Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. But he will never do it,that I can assure you,” the Congress leader said.

He said his party’s commitment on the upliftment of the underprivileged sections,especially Muslims,could be gauged from its conviction to set up the Sachar Committee which has brought to light the plight of Muslims.

“Our objective is to fulfil the recommendations of the Sachar Committee which we are already doing in Congress-ruled states,” Rahul said.

“I have not come here to make promises which I cannot fulfil. I have tasks to be done and until these goals are achieved,I will not leave the poor,the underprivileged and the farmers.”

Rahul said for more than 22 years,the Congress was kept away from power in Uttar Pradesh and this was the main reason for the “pathetic condition” of the state.

“We have a roadmap for developing UP’s infrastructure including roads and electricity and generating jobs for the youth. Given an opportunity,we will never let down the common man,” he said.

Addressing the rally in Moradabad with RLD MP Jayant Chaudhry,Rahul accused the Mayawati government of massive irregularities in implementation of central schemes.

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