Congress president Rahul Gandhi blamed the Centre for erecting roadblocks in the development of Amethi.
Speaking at a public meeting in his parliamentary constituency, Gandhi said that around 40 factories to process mangoes and potato chips were planned for Amethi as part of a ‘food park’ but the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cancelled the project.
“Just one food park will change the shape of Amethi,” he said, adding that farmers could have been greatly benefitted from the factories.
“The farmers could have sold their produce in the factories instead of the mandis and got the right price,” he claimed.
“The biggest wrong this government has done to you and us is by removing the food park from Amethi,” he said referring to the Rs 200 crore Shaktiman Mega Food Park which was removed in July 2014.
He also said that the Hindustan Paper Mill, a project approved by UPA-II, could have created 10 thousand jobs for the people “but the government took away that opportunity”.
In July 2015, the Centre had shifted the mill out of Jagdishpur in Amethi.
“When our govt comes back to power in 2019, you will get food park and Hindustan paper mill,” Gandhi told the gathering.
The 47-year-old Congress chief is on a three-day visit to Amethi and Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh. While Gandhi represents Amethi in the Parliament, his mother, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, represents Raebareli.
Earlier today, Gandhi met and interacted with the people in different villages in the district. He met farmers at Palee village in Amethi, residents of Urer Mau village and had tea at a local tea stall.
Gandhi also inaugurated a school at Rasta Mau.
He was, however, prevented from inaugurating a road connecting Thauri village with Kotwa village. According to reports, the Amethi district administration did not grant permission to the Congress chief after BJP district president Uma Shankar Pandey objected to the proposed inauguration on the ground that it had been made under Prime Minister Gramin Sadak Yojana funds.