Dikshit, who would camp in Lucknow for the next few days, told mediapersons: “I am not satisfied with Prime Minister’s statement. There are many more important things. They talk of cow protection but I have seen cows wandering on the roads. There should be cow shelters. Animals also have rights but mere talks would not work. No one seems to have seen any action taken so far.”
Last week, the PM had said: “Such handful of vigilantes have nothing to do with cow protection, but want to create ‘tanaav’ (tension) and ‘takrav’ (conflict) in the society…state governments should take stringent action against them.”Describing party president Sonia Gandhi’s Varanasi roadshow as a grand success and a historical event, Dikshit said the large crowd gathered in the PM’s constituency of Varanasi showed “people’s anger against him”.
Dikshit claimed the people of UP would help Congress return to power after 27 years. “They have seen it all — be it the rule of BJP, BSP or SP… The situation in UP has deteriorated because of these three parties.”
Maintaining that development is the biggest issue for Congress, Dikshit said that despite being the biggest state which has given seven prime ministers, UP still finds a place among states that are at the bottom in terms of development. “Once districts like Varanasi and Kanpur were considered as industrial centres, but no more,” she added.
In an indirect reference to the PM, she said that while a lot of promises were made, nothing has been seen on ground.
Targeting the ruling SP, Dikshit said: “The law and order situation is the worst under this government. The state has seen 150 riots, which is a record. This needs to be changed. There is no electricity, farmers are not getting dues, Uttar Pradesh is facing the worst scenario in every respect, even when it is so close to Delhi. How would industry come here when there is no electricity?” she asked.
Referring to the Bulandshahr gangrape incident, Dikshit said she was pained to see how women are treated in the state. “Youngsters have to go out in search of jobs and Delhi hospital see more patients from UP because there are hardly any good hospitals here. We are going to improve all this… These issues would be a part of our manifesto,” she added.
Asked about Congress’ poor performance in recent mayoral elections of in Moradabad district, Dikshit said “there is nothing permanent in a democracy”. Citing the example of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, she said: “Indira Gandhi had lost elections but again returned to power. In a democracy, we should learn our lessons and move ahead.”
Asked about her contesting the 2017 assembly polls, Dikshit said, “The party high command will decide whether I will contest or not and from which seat”.