For the first time since the Akhilesh government came to power in Uttar Pradesh four years ago, the Congress on Tuesday released a eight-page chargesheet countering each of the promises that the ruling SP had made in its election manifesto.
Calling the SP regime “inefficient”, the party accused the state government of failing to protect the minority, provide reservation to the minority as per population, prevent riots and expose BSP chief Mayawati among others. It also went on to remind the public about “SP ditching secular forces in Bihar elections to help BJP”.
This comes when to mark its four years in power, the SP government is holding Samajwadi Vikas Diwas in every block and district to inform people about its welfare schemes and achievements.
The Congress chargesheet, which includes slogans like ‘Samajwadi Party ke Chaar Saal, Har Shakhs Pareshan aur Pradesh Badhal’ would be distributed in booklet form at the block level.
Claiming that SP has disappointed the minority population in UP, especially Muslims, the chargesheet begins with targeting the state government on the communal tension and riots that had taken place in UP in the last past four years.
Apart from citing figures, Congress termed the report of Justice (retd) Vishnu Kant Sahai on the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots as a “mere mockery”. It alleged that apart from blaming a few officers, it seems that no one is responsible for the death of 68 people during the riots that continued for 13 days. Congress has demanded that another inquiry be conducted into the riots by a sitting judge of the high court.
“Apart from its failure to protect the people, prevent communal riots, the SP government has not been able to meet most of its promises… Its ‘Vikas Diwas’ is a complete eyewash. The Congress will expose SP in every block and make people aware of its failures,” said Satya Dev Tripathi, Chairman of the Congress communication department.
Subodh Srivastava, chairman of Congress publication department — which has prepared and published the chargesheet — said: “Even some of the most popular promises of the state government are an eyewash…. laptops and tablets were not given to every Class X and XII graduates, unemployment allowance was stopped after one year, farmers were not given six-time compensation for purchase of land as promised in the SP election manifesto.”
“Congress is also going to expose the government on how it paid Rs 1.2 crore per hectare to farmers in Safai — the native village of the chief minister — while neighbouring tehsils only got Rs 12 lakh per hectare,” Srivastav added.
Alleging corruption in the purchase of power from private companies, Srivastava said the firms were providing power at much higher rates than NTPC, thereby increasing losses of power discoms.
Further, the party plans to highlight the “high” number of cases of crime against Dalits and women in the state.
The chargesheet also claimed that while under the Multi-Sectoral Development Programme, last year’s budgetary provision of Rs 2,776 crore was decreased to Rs 395 crore this year, in 2014, maximum cases of atrocities — 8,066 — were reported against Dalits in UP.
Besides raising the cases of Noida engineer Yadav Singh, the party alleged that its MLA Ajai Rai has been arrested on the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It also reminded SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav about his pre-poll promise to send Mayawati to jail on corruption charges.
“Before the 2012 elections, Mulayam Singh Yadav had said that if SP government came to power, Mayawati would be sent to jail. However, even after four years, the state government has not done anything,” the chargesheet said.