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UTTAR PRADESH

Mulayam Singh hits out at Centre

Wednesday 21 June 2006

Special Correspondent

Rebuts Sonia’s allegation over power supply to Rae Bareli

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday attacked the United Progressive Alliance Government for "discriminating" against Uttar Pradesh.

While the State had been denied a special package for development, the same had been given to Andhra Pradesh and some other States, he said.

He described as "baseless" Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s charge that Rae Bareli was not being given regular power supply. He said 24-hour power supply was being given to Rae Bareli, and 14-hour supply to the rural areas of the district.

"No step-motherly treatment"

Addressing public meetings afterinaugurating several schemesin Etawah, Mainpuri, Auraiyya and Agra, Mr. Yadav criticised those trying to defame him by "raising the bogey of step-motherly treatment to Rae Bareli."

His rejoinder comes in the wake of Ms. Gandhi’s statement in Rae Bareli on Sunday that the State Government was creating obstacles in the development of the constituency.

Mr. Yadav said more than Rs.1,100 crore had been allotted for Rae Bareli’s development, much more than that sanctioned for Etawah, Mainpuri, Badaun and Agra.

In fact, he inaugurated a slew of development projects in Rae Bareli, besides laying the foundation stones for several others at a function in March. Mr. Yadav said sugarcane growers had been given nearly Rs.600 crore this year for their produce. He criticised the Centre for importing wheat instead of buying it from the "mandis."

The Chief Minister saidRs.600 crore had been provided for the Kanya Vidya Dhan Scheme, under which assistance was provided to girls to pursue their studies after passing out of school. The Government had already started paying unemployment allowance to graduates and post-graduates.

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