With just about two years left before the state goes to polls, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Tuesday rued the fact that people, including beneficiaries of various schemes, neither recognise the work of his government nor its leaders including him.
“The problem with the Samajwadis is that even those who are benefitting from government schemes do not know who is providing them the benefits. During a programme at CM office (recently), while distributing cheque to a lady I asked her if she recognised the PWD minister, the Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha or me… she did not recognise anyone,” Akhilesh told newspersons after a meeting of the state cabinet here.
“If our workers are able to propagate our schemes and unite only the beneficiaries, the number of our members will leave others far behind in the state itself. I asked youth workers recently and I am also going to give the message to the organsiation to take it ahead as people have supported us in the byelections in Bundlekhand and Mahrajganj,” he said, adding he will give instructions (to party workers) that they have to work continuously for the remaining two years taking “our work to villages and households and also tell people what other parties are not doing”.
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To a question about BJP’s claim of being the biggest political party, Akhilesh asked, “Who said so?”
“I will appeal to workers that if only those benefitting from our schemes are made SP members, other political parties will be left behind,” he added.
BJP chief Amit Shah has claimed that BJP has 10.3 crore members, making it the biggest political party in the world.
To a question on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s disenchantment with media, he said amidst laughter, “Should I speak the truth, I too am forced to tolerate. You people cannot be relied upon.You bring down the same people whom you hype”.
Akhilesh also informed that ministers of his cabinet have decided to donate a month’s salary in chief minister’s relief fund for extending help to victims of Nepal earthquake.
After the cabinet meeting, UP Sahkari Chini Mill Sangh also handed over to him a cheque of Rs 25 lakh for relief work in Nepal, while Samajwadi Party Mahila Sabha donated Rs 1 lakh cheque for the sameAmong other significant cabinet decision include Ghiror area in Mainpuri district and Uon in Shamli district to be named as new tehsils.
Principal Secretary Finance Rahul Bhatnagar, who was also present, said the state has distributed Rs 1,400 crore to farmers hit by untimely rain and hailstorm in the state.
“The contingency fund has also been increased from Rs 600 crore to Rs 5,000 crore and a demand of Rs 6,700 crore has been made from the Centre,” he said, adding that so far Rs 253 crore has been provided by the Centre.