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Crimes rise in UP, Akhilesh tells media to ‘google’ other states

Akhilesh1 Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav after the Cabinet meeting at Shastri Bhawan in Lucknow on Tuesday. (Source: Vishal Srivastav)
Express News Service | Lucknow | Posted: June 4, 2014 2:45 am

Referring to the Budaun gangrape-murder of two minor girls, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Tuesday claimed criminal cases of UP alone were being “purposely” publicised by “cunning people” and the “media”.

Citing law and order incidents of Bangalore, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, he asked the mediapersons to “google search” those incidents as  well.

“An incident took place in Bangalore, did it come to national limelight? Cases are happening in Madhya Pradesh also. I came to know a Minister’s relative’s chain was snatched  near her house. Even incidents took place in Rajasthan. But it is only those in UP that are purposely highlighted more and even more by cunning people.”

The Chief Minister also claimed to have taken all the possible steps in the Budaun rape case.

“When the Budaun case came to light, we took all possible steps and even recommended a CBI inquiry. While  incidents take place in other states as well  and you can google search the figures, but incidents in UP are highlighted more,” the CM said.

Meanwhile, a day after giving orders for 24-hour electricity supply to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi, Akhilesh asked the Centre to return the favour and lend electricity to UP for at least a year in the name of the the BJP’s “big victory” in the state.

“They (BJP) have got so many MPs and even the Prime Minister’s seat is here. So, they should lend us electricity for at least a year and we would return it to them in 2016,” he said after the state cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

He said when the the state government fulfilled the wish of the BJP MLA sitting on fast for uniterrupted power supply to Varanasi, the central government, too, should consider giving electricity to the state, at least in accordance with the set quota.

When asked about his minister questioning his flagship scheme of “distribution of free laptops”, Akhilesh said, “We are not a government of dictators. Everyone has the right to their personal opinion and that was his personal opinion. As far as the government is concerned, there will be more focus on the Internet, computers, e-books, e-library, etc.”

On the question of Opposition seeking his resignation and saying the state government would be dissolved soon, Akhilesh said, “Two years ago, we used to boost the morale of our workers by such talks. There is nothing of the sort happening.”

He added different departments of the state government would soon write to the Centre about the pending development projects, including NHAI projects like Gorakhpur-Varanasi and Hamirpur-Kanpur highways, and also wrepair of the GT Road.

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