Mayawati has placed money-eater elephant in Lucknow: Rahul
Lucknow, Nov 26 : Targeting the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government
for "misusing central government funds", Congress general secretary
Rahul Gandhi Saturday said "by the magic of Uttar Pradesh Chief
Minister Mayawati, elephant has now started eating money instead of
Referring to the BSP poll symbol - an elephant - Gandhi said:
"Normally elephants eat grass. But Mayawati has done a magic in
Lucknow that makes the elephant eat money..."
"She has placed a 'money-eater' elephant in Lucknow," Gandhi told a
gathering in Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar district.
"Whose money the elephant eats? It's not the money of Delhi government
or the Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) government... It's all your money...
It's the money meant for the development of the nation. The money is
of the poor public, farmers and labourers. It doesn't reach you all,"
Gandhi said in his last speech of a five-day mass-contact programme
that concluded in Kushinagar, some 300 km from Lucknow.
Accusing Mayawati of being "callous" towards the development of the
state, Gandhi said: "She (Mayawati) looks at the world from a
helicopter... I have also travelled in a helicopter... From above,
Uttar Pradesh appears beautiful. But the reality comes to the fore
when you see poor children without clothes, share meals with the poor,
drink water from their wells and get an upset stomach."
"To understand the ground realities and problems of the public, she
must come down from the helicopter and start interacting with the poor
"Only after mingling with the poor and visiting their houses, Mayawati
would come to know what is actually taking place in Uttar Pradesh,"
Dropping his familiar 'I-feel-angry' line to vent ire over the sorry
state of development, Gandhi said: "I feel angry because Uttar Pradesh
deserves to lead the nation... Uttar Pradesh drives the entire nation,
but the state itself is lagging behind. It's because for the last 20
years, you all are choosing a government that works for a single caste
"Yesterday (Friday) night I travelled around 40 km. Due to the bad
roads, it took around two hours and a half to cover the distance... It
makes you laugh, but I get angry when you see the farmers taking the
same bad roads to sell their produce. There are more potholes than the
roads," added Gandhi.
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