TARGETING THE BJP and BSP on the last day of the Monsoon Session of the UP Assembly, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said that while other parties are doing politics by blowing law and order issues out of proportion, his party would be voted to power for the second consecutive time.
Akhilesh said while caste and religion are important, people will rise above these factors and vote for the party that can take the state towards development. “It’s true that equations of caste and religion do work. Instead of setting your equations right, you should also talk about development. People should elect those who talk about development,” he said on Thursday.
Claiming that he will present the budget for the next financial year in the House, Akhilesh said he would not leave the new Chief Minister’s Office which is being constructed opposite Vidhan Bhavan.
Akhilesh claimed the seating arrangements in the House will also remain the same in future.
The CM alleged that few people were doing politics over the recent Bulandshahr incident. “Six months of the state government are left and if private companies are still turning up to invest in the state, that means they believe that SP will come back to power,” Akhilesh said.
Referring to several MLAs who recently defected to other parties, the CM said they were changing their loyalties in the hopes of winning the next Assembly elections.
The CM also cited achievements of government programmes such as free distribution of laptops, distribution of ‘Kanya Vidya Dhan’, Metro and other schemes. He claimed UP has won maximum awards under the Samajwadi Party government.
He claimed that his government was providing round-the-clock power supply in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi but the central government was not cooperating enough. “The government is giving power from its own resources and Centre has not increased its quota,” he said.
Akhilesh said unlike BJP, which had promised “acche din, money in everyone’s account and bringing back black money,” the SP government has fulfilled all its promises.
The chief minister went on to say that he expected the Election Commission to hold the polls in good weather conditions to enable parties to campaign effectively.
Commenting on BSP, Akhilesh asked what happened to its ‘bhaichara committees’ as many from these committees later joined the SP and other parties. “You have reduced the volume of the Leader of Opposition,” he said, in a direct reference to the defection of former BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya to BJP.
Replying to the CM’s remark, Leader of Opposition Gayacharan Dinkar said the public will decide whether BSP will sit towards the ruling side or on the Opposition seats. He added that ‘Bhaichara’ was not the name of any individual and Maurya was only an individual who had been assigned a responsibility.
“He may have left but the party has not quit. It is not necessary that those who are seated with the government, they all are Samajwadi by roots,” he added.
BJP leader Suresh Khanna said the Centre had contributed to various projects and schemes such as the Metro services. “Just like you claimed that you will present the sixth consecutive budget, we (BJP) can also claim that we will get power. According to the current atmosphere, BJP will form the next government in UP,” Khanna said.
Congress legislature party leader Pradeep Mathu, too, claimed that Congress was coming to power in the next elections as all secular parties will unite against the BJP.
Meanwhile, RLD leader Dalbeer Singh requested Akhilesh to withdraw the cases lodged against MLAs with political intentions.
After the Assembly was adjourned sine die, Akhilesh attended the proceedings of the Legislative Council where Leader of Opposition Nasimuddin Siddiqui raised the issue of improper functioning of Banda medical college. Akhilesh said while development work of the college was started under the previous BSP government, the SP government ensured there were no shortcomings in completion of the college, which will start functioning soon.
On a lighter vein, the CM also asked Siddiqui to tell him how he (Akhilesh) should address BSP president Mayawati, because she has an objection to him addressing her as ‘bua’.