Debating India

UTTAR PRADESH

Sonia hits out at Mulayam Singh

Wednesday 16 August 2006

KANPUR: Seeking to revive the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, India’s politically most crucial state, party president Sonia Gandhi late on Tuesday trained her guns on Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, accusing him of plunging the state into anarchy and ?pilfering’ the state’s treasury.

Accompanied by her son Rahul, Sonia was addressing a public rally, titled Navnirman (Rebuilding) Rally, to virtually launch of the party’s campaign ahead of the assembly polls next year in this state where the has party remained in political oblivion for more than a decade and a half.

More than Sonia, it was Rahul’s day, as he was addressing a public rally of this magnitude perhaps for the first time. And, the Phool Bagh ground was overflowing with enthusiastic crowds numbering about 80,000.

Both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul made it clear that they were here to see the revival of the Congress in the politically crucial and country’s most populous state where the party had ruled for four decades.

In a symbolic gesture of getting ready for the big battle ahead, Sonia Gandhi held a bow and an arrow while Rahul swung Hindu deity Hanuman’s gada, offered by local leaders.

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