“UPites have been forced by failed governments to beg in Maharashtra”, said Rahul Gandhi as he kicked off the party’s campaign for the 2012 Uttar Pradesh assembly election in Phulpur.
the opposition parties came down heavily on Rahul, with BSP saying that people migrated for better prospects.
“If the people are migrated, if people are going for better prospects, do you think it is beggary?” said BSP leader Vijay Bahadur Singh.
Reacting to the statement of the Congress leader, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that the words used by him were humiliating and insulting to the people of the state.
“Use of the term that “bheek mangna parta hai, kab tak bheek maangtey rahoge” in fact the precise words that he used, is I think absolutely humiliating and insulting to the people of Uttar Pradesh,” said Chandan Mitra.
Defending the Gandhi scion, Congress leader Sachin Pilot said that the people of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar had been put in a very demeaning position.
“If you look at the plight of the people from UP and Bihar, the way they have to travel and the kind of atrocities they face, you know it is not a healthy sign. It is a very very demeaning position that they are put under because they cannot stay back at home. There is no work, there is no help, there is no security,” he said.