In a dig at Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, BSP chief Mayawati Friday said his “vikas yatra” has turned out to be a “diwaliya (bankrupt) yatra” as his “luxury rath built at the cost of crores of rupees” broke down even before he could complete a lap.
“While the luxury rath worth crores of rupees made Akhilesh’s yatra bankrupt at the very start, the supporters created ruckus all along the route and police were forced to remain a mute spectator. In fact, the vikas yatra has proved to be a ‘diwaliya’ yatra,” Mayawati said in a statement here.
Akhilesh’s hi-tech customised rath developed a snag at the very beginning of the yatra Thursday and he had to travel in a SUV.
Mayawati also targeted Akhilesh publicity slogan “kaam bolta hai (the work speaks for itself)”. She said every government’s work should speak for itself but the chief minister complains about people not recognising him because his “claims of development” have not benefited people.
“People are asking if the much-publicised Lucknow metro service has started. Or other schemes have been started to benefit people? Can the laying of foundation stones or making announcements or inauguration of incomplete works can be called development?” she asked.
“Had the Samajwadi Party government really taken up works for people’s interest and welfare, it would not have needed to take out this rath yatra with massive government expenditure,” she added.
Alleging that there was “tacit understanding” between the SP and BJP, she said Akhilesh “hesitates in criticising the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi but remains two steps ahead of his father” in levelling “false allegations against the BSP”.
She said Akhilesh was indulging in “casteist and narrow politics” by calling the construction of memorials and parks in the name of Dalit and backward class icons “profligacy”.