While the expectation was that Congress president Rahul Gandhi would go abroad to celebrate his birthday, as he has done on many occasions in the past, he did not.
On being asked why is he contesting from his wife’s constituency, he said that the opposition has charged the SP with ‘pariwarwad’ (nepotism) due to which his wife Dimple Yadav will not contest the election this time.
Addressing the media, Akhilesh Yadav blamed “hate and jealousy”, without naming anyone, and said this was an attempt to malign his image.
Alleging that Akhilesh’s behaviour did not behove that of an educated member of a respectful society, Uttar Pradesh Minister Siddhartha Nath Singh asked the SP chief to reveal if there were any secrets behind the walls that were damaged by him.
The former CM alleged that his image is being maligned for just a faucet, which is an outcome of hate and jealousy.
While the BJP accused Akhilesh of damaging the property “out of frustration”, the SP hit back and accused the government of causing the damage to malign Akhilesh’s image since there is no corruption taint on him.
Inside Akhilesh Yadav’s former bungalow: Officials claimed that former CM Akhilesh Yadav’s bungalow was left badly ‘damaged’ with tiles broken, missing water taps, decorative plants, electrical fittings; damaged swimming pool, cycle track, and kitchen.
Samajwadi Party (SP) got into a war of words on Saturday over alleged damage caused to the government house former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav vacated a day earlier.
“I have heard that they (the BJP) have extended their tenure. Make this happen early, we are ready for one nation, one election. Do it in 2019,’’ Akhilesh Yadav said.
Terming the BJP governments at both the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh as a failure, Akhilesh said GST and demonitisation have “ruined” traders and affected economy.
The 45-year-old also took pot shots at the Yogi Adityanath government and expressed hope that now that his official residence is vacated, the state BJP government would do something meaningful for the people.
Asking the BJP to restrain its leaders from making “absurd” comments, Yadav said, “The BJP should learn to face defeats or else they will be not be able to digest the outcome of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in which the opposition will stage a comeback.”
Urging students to stay clear of superstitions, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said the youth are being pushed into darkness and this has led to frustration and aggression among them.
Akhilesh and Mulayam had moved the Supreme Court seeking time to vacate their bungalows.
Kairana Lok Sabha bypoll: In March, the saffron party suffered a setback after it lost Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat and deputy CM Keshav Maurya to the SP-BSP alliance.