Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is finally set to have a hospital named after him. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will on Saturday lay the foundation stone for Mulayam Singh Yadav Medical College and Hospital at Lalpur in Kharkauda, around 20 km from Meerut.
There is no private or government building or any monument in the state named after the SP supremo, although Etawah has a government college named Amitabh Bachchan Rajkiya inter college. Even Saifai, the native village of the Yadavs, does not have any such building.
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The upcoming medical college is being built by KSD charitable trust run by the family of SP MLC Sarojini Agarwal. It is coming up on an area of 20 acre and will also have nursing and paramedical colleges. While the medical college will have 150 seats for MBBS students, it will have 40 each for nursing and paramedical courses.
“If nothing goes wrong, we are hopeful that the venture will be fully functional in 2016 while the hospital will start in June this year.The work on the project started in September,” Ashwini Sharma, director general designate of the trust, which is building the hospital, told The Indian Express.
Asked why the institute has been named after the SP supremo, Sharma said: “Why can’t it be! If the university in Meerut and the airport in Lucknow can be named after Chaudhary Charan Singh, this institute can be named after Mulayam Singh.” He also pointed out that Sarojini Agarwal has been associated with the SP for last 20 years and naming the institute after Mulayam is her “small contribution to the party”.
Party sources said Mulayam was initially reluctant that his name be tagged with an institution, but agreed when Agarwal insisted on it.
Sources further said the hospital was named after the SP chief so that it does not face any administrative hurdle. Such is the effect of the name that UP minister Shivpal Yadav during his recent visit to the town directed administrative and police officials to ensure that the project does not face any hiccups in its completion. Ironically,the government medical college at Saharanpur, which started off in 2012, is still facing teething troubles at its OPD unit.
It has been learnt that with the tenure of the SP government nearing an end, party leaders are in a race to speed up their business ventures so as to get maximum advantage of representing the ruling party.
Other ventures which are getting advantage of being headed by individuals close to the ruling dispensation are Saloni Oil Mills, a unit of which was inaugurated by the CM in Agra Wednesday.This is owned by Shiv Kumar Rathore .The other ones are Paras Dairy in Noida headed by Surendra Nagar and Linc Locks headed by Zafar Alam, MLA from Aligarh.