Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday pitched into the Amethi Food Park debate going on between BJP and Congress, alleging that the Centre has also cancelled a food park proposed in his wife Dimple Yadav’s constituency of Kannauj.
“Not only in Amethi, the Centre has cancelled a food park proposed by us in Kannauj as well,” Akhilesh said while speaking at an event where relief cheques worth Rs 3.71 lakh each were given to the dependents of 51 farmers from eight districts, who had died in incidents linked to the hailstorm and unseasonal rains.
“They (Congress and BJP) are fighting on Amethi food park, but there was no lacunae from UP. We have given land and even changed land use for the project. Maximum efforts were made by the Uttar Pradesh government but they withdrew two food park projects from the state,” he added.
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“Congress did try to lay the foundation stone at the last moment, but all I have to say is that it is a Central government project and they should go ahead with it. The state government is ready to co-operate in everyway,” he claimed.
Akhilesh also said that UP needs at least four food parks to cater to its needs and if the Centre moves forward with such projects, the state government was ready to provide land.
He further said that the Centre wants to build Sainik School and for this, the state government is giving land in Jhansi, Mainpuri and Amethi.
“The proposal has been cleared and soon, these schools will come up,” said the CM.
On Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ongoing visit to China, Akhilesh said: “Going on foreign visits is not wrong but the bigger question is that how much are we gaining out of it and how much are we spending. How much will villages gain out of it? People no longer believe in slogans, they want to see work done.”
Speaking about a recent Supreme Court order restricting photographs of chief ministers on government advertisements, Akhilesh said, “I have never fought for photographs. We are far behind in publicity, but we have performed.”
“The way honourable Supreme Court has decided about our photographs, I would request it to also decide a dress code for us,” he added.