March 21, 2012
By Piyush Srivastava
PUBLISHED: 19:22 GMT, 20 March 2012 | UPDATED: 19:22 GMT, 20 March 2012
The superficiality of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's photo-op moments in Dalit households were exposed on Tuesday by none other than Sunita Kori, a Dalit woman in whose Gauriganj house he had stayed for a night.
The occasion was the laying of foundation of a pucca house for the 30-year-old woman by Gayatri Prasad Prajapati, the Samajwadi Party's (SP) newly elected legislator from Gauriganj in Amethi.
Prajapati had offered help to Sunita after her house was burnt down by alleged SP goons during the party's victory celebrations on March 6.
Gandhi visited Dalit for the laying of foundation of a pucca house for Sunita Kori
On the campaign trail of the last Lok Sabha polls, Rahul had spent a night at the 30-year-old woman's house to show that the Congress identified itself with the Dalit cause.
But he was nowhere to be seen when the woman lost her house, proving that Rahul's bonhomie was just a poll gimmick. Prajapati sought to take political mileage out of her disillusionment with the Congress.
Sunita Kori, a Dalit, had to seek help from SP MLA Gayatri Prasd Prajapti to rebuild her house after it was set on fire by goons
'I just laid the foundation stone of a pucca house for Sunita. Rahul Gandhi had spent one night here and promised the moon to the Dalits. But he was beyond her reach when she was in distress. I am here within the reach of the people,' Prajapati said in a brief speech before the villagers of Purey Jawahar Singh on Tuesday.
The village in Gauriganj forms part of the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency represented by Rahul.
Rahul had spent the night of January 26, 2008 in her mud house and later mentioned her plight in many of his public meetings to highlight the plight of Dalits during Mayawati's rule.
Sunita virtually was made the mascot of Congress' anti- Mayawati campaign.
Highlighting her status as the oppressed in a meeting in Gauriganj on December 22, 2008, Rahul had said Aman, Sunita's seven-year-old child, was scared of the police because they used to beat Madanlal, his father, every now and then.
The hapless Sunita, however, was disillusioned by her MP's lip service.
Rahul Gandhi had made much-hyped stopover to the house of Sunita Kori
Describing Rahul's concerns for her family as superficial, she said on Tuesday: 'I tried to contact our MP after my house was set on fire by some criminals. I also went to almost every Congress leader in the constituency to help me out because we had no place to sleep and cook. But neither Rahul was available nor other Congress leaders showed any sympathy for me. The SP MLA is helping me and so I will only vote for the SP in the future.'
Sunita has been working with a self-help group floated on Rahul's direction.
'But it doesn't help us much. Rahul even got Aman's gender wrong. He is my son and not daughter as Rahul had said in his public meeting,' she said.
Such is her transformation that Sunita said there was no need for Prajapati to apologise for the act of his party's vandals.
'The Congress leader should have helped her when he had seen her living in a mud house. But he used her to gain Dalit votes. The time has come to realise that we need to do substantial work for the people before expecting their votes.'
Of the 15 assembly seats in Amethi, Rae Bareli and Sultanpur, the adjoining fief of the Gandhi-Nehru family, the Congress won only two seats in the recently concluded assembly election, an indicator that more Sunitas are disillusioned with the prince of the party.
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