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Will see in 5 years how much of Ganga maiya is cleaned: Akhilesh

In the run-up to the elections, Modi had repeatedly invoked 'Ganga maiya' while seeking votes in Varanasi, from where he won. Tweet This
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Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav comes out after attending the cabinet meeting, in Lucknow on Tuesday. Source: Express photo byVishal Srivastav ) Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav comes out after attending the cabinet meeting, in Lucknow on Tuesday. Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav )

Being blamed for the humiliating loss the Samajwadi Party suffered in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Tuesday instead trained guns on Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi and said he would wait and watch watch how he (Modi) goes about cleaning river Ganga.

Akhilesh, who is also the state Samajwadi Party chief, indicated that he is no mood to quit any of the two posts.

“Ganga maiya kitni saaf hoti hai, agale panch saal mein yahi dekhenge (We will watch how much of Ganga is cleaned in the next five years,” Akhilesh said after holding his first cabinet meeting after the Lok Sabha election.

In the run-up to the elections, Modi had repeatedly invoked “Ganga maiya” while seeking votes in Varanasi, from where he won.

Akhilesh said that he comes from river-side areas like Etawah and Kannauj and wants to see how much of other rives like Yamuna and Gomti are also cleaned along with Ganga.

To a question on whether he would go to meet Modi, whose party has got a massive mandate, Akhilesh said ties between the state and the Centre would be as per the federal structure.

On the loss that his party suffered in the Lok Sabha election, Akhilesh said that his father and the SP chief, Mulayam Singh Yadav, was holding review meetings to find out the reasons behind the poor show and the results would come out soon.

“We worked for the poor and the farmers…implemented irrigation and power projects…We are also taking up one of the biggest projects in the country — Lucknow-Agra Expressway. But we failed to publicise our achievements and decisions. We would work on it now,” he said.

Asked whether he would step down from the CM’s post like Nitish Kumar did in Bihar, Akhilesh said, “The political equations of all the states are different. Uttar Pradesh cannot be compared to any other state.”

The chief minister who has been authorised by his Cabinet to convene the Budget Session of the Vidhan Sabha said that dates for the same would be decided soon.

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