CHIEF MINISTER Akhilesh Yadav on Friday refused to accept a recent pre-poll survey conducted in Uttar Pradesh that had predicted that BSP was set to form the government in the 2017 Assembly polls.
“Elections are set to be held in Assam and West Bengal now and people are coming out with a survey for UP. One year is left for elections in the state… it is too early to speak about such things… We have done a lot of work — be it Metro, Lucknow-Agra expressway and even on the law and order front,” he told mediapersons. On a lighter vein, he added: “In case I get to know that a damaged road will affect my 1,000 votes, I would immediately get it repaired.”
Earlier, addressing the administrative officers’ conference during the ongoing IAS week, Akhilesh asked the officers to complete development projects so that Samajwadi Party could return to power in 2017.
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He reminded them of the alleged humiliation they had to face during Mayawati regime, when they were allowed to meet the then CM barefooted. Akhilesh also spoke about the “freedom and respect” his government has given the officers and asked them to compare the same with the way they have been treated by the Union government.
While reminding them that the previous government had stopped IAS week celebrations, he asked the officers to work in a such manner that both the SP government and IAS week can make a come back. Asking officers to sanction most funds in April, Akhilesh said that by the end of the year, as both he and they would be busy in election work, now was the time to give maximum results.
In a closed-door meeting with officers, Akhilesh told district magistrates that they are an important link between the government and the people. “The image of the government largely depends on you,” he said while asking them to ensure completion of projects and increase the coverage of welfare schemes. “Your good work will automatically improve the government’s image.”
On Bundelkhand, sources said Akhilesh — in an indirect reference to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi — said “a leader” had visited the region and made promises while sitting on a “charpoy”. “But his words could not help even the family with whom he stayed,” he said.
With “communal” clashes on the rise in the state, sources said Akhilesh told officers that deteriorating law and order would be seen in a bad light. “He told us that in the last few months, anti-social elements have tried to disturb law and order… He asked us to stay alert on even minor incidents of crime,” said an officer.
Further, Akhilesh told officers that he is undertaking an independent survey of their work at the district level. Sources said while he appreciated implementation of schemes in Azamgarh and Jaunpur districts, he warned districts like Gorakhpur and Agra and told officers posted there to mend their ways.
Giving each officer a copy of his development agenda, Akhilesh said the current year is for “farmers and youths” and thus, special focus should be given to resolve issues — be it related to seeds, urea, water for irrigation, crop insurance or electricity in villages. He also asked the officers to ensure that large number of villages are covered under “I-sparsh” scheme.
Following the meeting, Akhilesh told mediapersons: “This is fifth year of the government and I told the officers about the government’s priorities. I asked them to work at the grassroots level and complete all pending works. I have also asked district magistrates to give suggestions for improvement.”
He expressed hope that once his ‘Dial 100’ scheme starts functioning from July, even public perception about police and law and order would change.