In a veiled attack on SP and BJP, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said political forces were behind the recent Muzaffarnagar communal riots as they feel they cannot win without creating such conflicts.
"People are made to fight for political gains...If Uttar Pradesh is going behind, it is because people are divided here. Hindus and Muslims are made to fight each other. One caste is made to fight another.
"The common people don't want to fight. There are such political forces who feel if there is no fight, they will not win...That's why they want Hindus and Muslims to fight," he said, addressing a public meeting in Aligarh, which is not very far from Muzaffarnagar, without naming any political party.
The ruling SP and BJP have been blamed for the recent riots in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas that claimed 62 lives as part of polarisation efforts ahead of the next Lok Sabha elections.
Exhorting people to unite, Gandhi said, "Till you unite, Uttar Pradesh cannot move forward. The Congress will help you do this and fight for you and your rights." He also lamented that Indian politics had seen such times when one had to select a time to speak the truth, as he did on the issue of rejecting the Ordinance brought by the government to save convicted lawmakers from immediate disqualification.
He also took a dig at the Akhilesh government in the state saying it had made a lot of promises but fulfilled none and said it was only the Congress that can ensure speedy development of the state through unity and harmony among all religions and castes.
Reminding people of his "fight for their cause" on forcible land acquisitions, the Congress Vice President said he stood by his promise of providing a Land Acquisition Bill, which got passed in Parliament despite hurdles by the Opposition.
Gandhi undertook a padyatra in Bhatta Parsaul in 2011 for the rights of farmers in Uttar Pradesh, after which his party brought a new land bill that made acquisition of land difficult till the farmers got adequate compensation in lieu thereof.
Attacking the Uttar Pradesh government for expressing its inability to implement food security scheme in the state, Gandhi exhorted the people to exert pressure for their rights.
"The food scheme is being implemented in the entire country but in Uttar Pradesh foodgrains will not be available till the 2014 elections as the SP government thinks that if it will implement the scheme the people would give it a drubbing in the polls," Gandhi said.
"Aap logon ko yeh dabav dalna hoga...aapko yeh ladai ladni padegi...UP mein ek bhi admi bhooka nahi rehna chahiye...UPA government ne aapko bhojan ka adhikar diya hai.
(You will have to exert pressure and fight for your rights.
Not a single person in the state should remain hungry as the UPA government has given you the right to food," he said.
On the performance of Akhilesh government, Gandhi asked the people gathered in the rally that what all works have been undertaken in the area.
"How is the UP government working...are the laptops working...are the people getting employement...big promises had been made," he said.
He said the state government has distributed computers but there is no electricity.
"Congress runs the government of farmers...UP has government of computers...computers however don't run as there is no power," Gandhi quipped.
Gandhi said his party has always fought for the rights of the people and guaranteed right to employment, right to food and right to education.
He said that while the Opposition tried to prevent the Land Acquisition Act from being passed and then took to the standing committee, the Congress fought for rights of the farmers and got the bill passed, which will help farmers in places like Aligarh get the right price for their land.