19 April 2007 "The graph of the Congress Party is going up very fast. It is getting stronger by the day. Till recently, no one took Congress seriously, but now it's in the fight on many seats. Rahul Gandhi's entry has changed the scenario," commented Md.Hasim of Nanpara. Iqbal Advocate echoed similar sentiments. Rahul Gandhi's entry has given a reason to the Muslims to get back to the Congress. They have started to have faith in Congress again. In the times to come Congress will do well, he said. Shiv Balak Giri went into the past when he saw Rahul Gandhi. "I don't remember the time exactly, but once Indiraji came in the area to inaugurate a bridge in Jaalim Nagar. Then he is the first one to come. We have seen a Gandhi after a long time", he said. Rahul Gandhi received a rousing welcome at Motipur, Nanpara. The huge crowd went over board to welcome the leader. And they were full of praise for Mr Gandhi too. Mr Gandhi once again took the opportunity to hit it hard on the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government for its non-performance and insensitivity. He also came down from the dais to mingle with the people. "The only thing which has developed in Uttar Pradesh in the last fifteen years is Gundagardi. Nothing else has developed.
The wheels of development in the state has come to a halt, courtesy the state governments for the last fifteen years," he said speaking at a public meeting at Motipur, Nanpara. Earlier, he addressed a public meeting at Bhinga also. "The central government has done whatever it was able to do for the development of Uttar Pradesh. 40 per cent of the money in Uttar Pradesh comes from the centre. Yet development is nowhere to be seen. Both the Prime Minister and the Congress President have worked hard and have sent as much central funds to Uttar Pradesh as was possible. But the state government looted all the money," said Rahul Gandhi taking a dig at the under development of the state at Bhinga. "Where is the development, the roads are the same as it where fifteen years ago, same is the condition of hospitals, employment, basic amenities and whatever counts for development. They have just cheated you, promised you so many things and delivered none," he added. "We have full faith in Rahulji, not only because he speaks good. We know that he has developed his own constituency.
He has done so much there. We expect him to do the same for the whole state, so we are going to support him", said Dhanraj, a resident of Bhinga. Earlier, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi kicked off his fifth leg of campaign for the Uttar Pradesh assembly election on Thursday. His first destination was Tulsipur, Shivpura in Balrampur district. "Wherever I will go I will encourage the youth, I will work for them, I will ask them to come ahead. I am here to ask them to come ahead, cause they are the one who can bring change. I am ready to work with them on all fronts and at all the time, its not only for the elections, I am here for a long time. Elections or no election, I will work with you to transform the state in a model state once again," said Rahul Gandhi addressing a mammoth public meeting at Tulsipur, Shivpura in Balrampur district. "You know the situation in Uttar Pradesh and you also know the kind of governments which are ruling you. They are not working. For the last fifteen years, you are being cheated. They come to you, seek your vote and don't do anything for you. They have divided you in the name of caste and religion," he added. "No one has worked for the Aam Aadmi as much as Indiraji did. She worked for the masses of the country," he said talking about the development during the tenure of former Prime Minister Late Smt.Indira Gandhi. "Wherever I go---Karnataka, Haryana, Punjab people of Uttar Pradesh are marching ahead, they are contributing in the development of the respective states. When they are doing so good there, why isn't it the same for their home state? The reason is very simple, the state government is not letting you work, and they have tied your hands," he said blasting off the state government. "Prime Minister and Congress President both have tried and given funds for your development, but the state government never utilized it. You should ask them, where has all the money gone?" he asked the cheering crowds.