Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the hate politics of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will not take the county forward, and blamed the Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the BJP for lack of development in Uttar Pradesh, Daily News and Analysis reported.
“If you listen to the speeches of the opposition leaders, then they are always abusing and criticising us. They have never appreciated anybody, not even their own party leaders. They indulge in the politics of hatred. This type of politics will not take India forward,” Rahul told a rally here.
Raking up the issue of Muzaffarnagar riots, Rahul said, “The riots happened in Muzaffarnagar because these parties wanted to gain mileage from the riots. So everybody has to stand up together, and without this the country will not go any further.”
Rahul blamed the SP, the BSP and the BJP for lack of development in UP, and alleged that these parties have only spread communalism and casteism in the state. “The issues like education, poverty, unemployment and development were put on a backburner. They have wasted 25 years,” he said.
He also targeted the BJP and the Shiv Sena on the issue of UP people being thrashed in Mumbai.
“Here they say that they will change the face of the UP. But in Mumbai they thrash the people of UP. Here they show one face and in Mumbai they have a different face,” he added.
He also said that the Congress party believes that both industrialists and farmers should work towards development, and added that the party has always encouraged them to do so.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 6th, 2014.