SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav Sunday directed Uttar Pradesh ministers to “keep an eye on the 100-day agenda” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and point out to him what all promises of BJP’s election manifesto get fulfilled at the end of that period.
According to sources in the party, Mulayam, in a closed-door meeting at his residence in the presence of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, asked the ministers to “regularly review the works of the BJP-led NDA government” so that his party can question the central government on the number of youth getting employment and number of poor getting houses in UP in 100 days.
Sources informed that Mulayam’s directive to keep an eye on the NDA government’s 100-day agenda is aimed to target BJP in the byelections to 12 Assembly seats and a Lok Sabha seat.
Mulayam asked the ministers to ensure SP’s win in the byelections.
“Netaji has said up to five ministers will be deployed in each of these 12 Assembly seats. These ministers will be from the communities dominant in the respective constituencies and they will be required to visit (the constituencies) regularly,” a minister told The Indian Express.
During the four-hour-long meeting, Mulayam also reviewed the reasons of party’s poor show in the Lok Sabha elections. Sources said Mulayam blamed the ministers and said they failed to publicise the “good works” of the SP government among which included welfare schemes like “Samajwadi Pension Yojna”.
Mulayam also reportedly mentioned the “11 Brahmins who were appointed and given rank of ministers but who too could not ensure win on any seat”.
While there was speculation that Mulayam may seek resignation from some ministers, sources said Mulayam did not talk about resignation or cabinet reshuffle but maintained that those who do not not work will face action in future.
At Tri Nagar, Smriti Irani centered her speech around Modi, with over 10 references in 11-minute extempore.