For the first time Congress President Sonia Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday attended an election meeting together at Raebareli as part of the campaign for the UP assembly polls. Sonia Gandhi held all the non-Congress parties like BSP, SP and BJP, that ruled Uttar Pradesh in the past 22 years, responsible for the present pathetic state of affairs in Uttar Pradesh.

The Congress President was critical of the state government for obstructing the implementation of the Centre’s schemes and efforts to develop the state, particularly Raebareli and Amethi.

“There was a deliberate attempt to discriminate against Raebareli. They obstructed every proposal by the Central Government for the benefit of this area. I can give you a number of examples to prove this. The Central Government was planning to bring a hospital like AIIMS with all modern amenities at Lalganj but the state Government refused to provide the land for it. Similarly we had approved Rs. 240 crore for the drainage and sewerage in Raebareli, Rs. 170 crore for drinking water scheme and had made a proposal of Rs. 64 crore for the roads. But, the state Government did not take up the matter with the Centre. The state Government authorities denied permission to conduct an army recruitment camp in Raebareli. I want to ask you whether the youth in our Amethi and Raebareli have no right for jobs. Is there any fault with them?” asked the M.P from Raebareli.