Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has adopted a village in his constituency, Azamgarh, as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. The village does not have a single Muslim family and about 80 per cent of its inhabitants are Yadavs. It is located seven kilometres away from the city and falls within the limits of the Azamgarh Development Authority.
Mulayam has not visited the constituency since his victory in the Lok Sabha polls.
Azamgarh District Magistrate (DM) Ranveer Prasad confirmed that Mulayam has adopted Tamauli village and the administration has sent the name and profile of the village to the Government of India. Prasad said the village was eligible for selection under the scheme because its population is between 3,000 and 5,000.
Village pradhan Ram Lakhan Yadav said, “The village population is 3,632 and it has no Muslims. Nearly 80 per cent of the residents are Yadavs while the rest are Kumhars, Badhais (carpenter) and Brahmins.” Majority of the villagers are involved in farming.
The village falls in Palhani block of Azamgarh Sadar Assembly constituency, represented by Minister for Transport Durga Prasad Yadav. Ram Lakhan said, “The villagers had requested the minister to recommend our village for adoption by Netaji. The party national president has accepted the proposal and we hope for major development in the coming years.”
He said the village has no pucca roads. Though it has a primary and upper primary school, the government health centre is around four kilometres away.
Mulayam selected the village out of a total of 1,600 gram sabhas in the constituency. There are more than 16.44 lakh voters in Azamgarh Lok Sabha constituency, which is dominated by Yadavs.
Samajwadi Party district president Hawaldar Yadav said Mulayam had asked for a list of names to choose from. He chose Tamauli because it needs development of basic infrastructure.