Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday launched the Samajwadi Party smart phone yojana in Lucknow. Akhilesh addressed the people and media at the event and unveiled the scheme. The state government has launched a website where people can register to be enrolled under the scheme. Under the smart phone yojana, Samajwadi Party will be offering free smartphones to any individual who is above 18 years of age and has passed class 10th. A PIL was also filed in the Allahabad HC challenging the launch of the scheme but was later dismissed by the court on August 6.
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Akhilesh took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the event and said that the ‘achhe din’ had not reached Uttar Pradesh in last 2.5 years. He added that the Rs 9,000 crore allotted by Central government to the state were not yet released by Niti Ayog.
Later, while speaking with the media about PM Modi’s scheduled ‘ravan dahan’ program in Lucknow on Tuesday, Akhilesh said that ‘Ravan effigy would have been burnt in Bihar if the elections were to be held there’. Uttar Pradesh will go into polling in 2017.
Speaking on the demands for bifurcation of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh said: “tomorrow will you say that India is too big, let us divide it?”