AFTER CALLING Rahul Gandhi a friend and supporting his “khoon ki dalali” remark, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday supported Congress’ claim that the BJP government at the Centre was taking credit for works started during the UPA regime.
Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lucknow visit on Dussehra, Akhilesh asked the people to take note of the kind of slogans raised by those who had promised “achhe din” and “sabka vikas” during their visit to the Aishbagh Ramleela ground.
“Chunao aayega. Zaruri nahi hai ki kaam ka hi sawaal uthey (Elections will come. It’s not necessary that only development will be an agenda),” said Akhilesh, adding that there would be forces who would try to give the election another direction.
Asking the people to at least give a chance to those who have worked, he added: “Tulna karo. Dilli wali sarkar bhi bata de ki unhone dhai saal mein UP ko kya diya… Purane kaam shuru kiye jo doosari sarkar ne shuru kiye they. (You can compare. Let Centre tell what it has given UP in two-and-a-half years. It is only working on projects that were initiated by the previous regime.)”
Targeting Modi, the CM said, “Achhe din lane wale they. Sabka vikas karne wale aaye they. Ramleela pe aaye they. Kya nara de ke chale gaye (He who promised to bring good days and development was here on Ramleela. What kind of slogans did he raise?)” This was said in an apparent reference to Modi raising the slogan of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ at the event.
Akhilesh then went on to list development projects of his government, such as Metro projects and modernisation of police force among others.
He was speaking at an event to hand over identity cards to ‘Shakti Paris’ or ‘Power Angels’ – referring to school girls who would enjoy the status of special police officers. The government plans to identify 2 lakh girls studying in Class X and above, who would provide information to the 1090 powerline for women about cases of crimes around them in school and surrounding areas. They would also motivate victims who are afraid to report crimes.
Praising his wife and MP Dimple Yadav, Akhilesh said she had initially suggested that the ‘1090 helpline’ should instead be called “powerline”. “Meri patni ka sujhav tha ki helpline nahi 1090 powerline honi chahiye. Helpline hoti to lagta ki kamzor beti ki madad kar rahe hain (It was my wife’s suggestion to name the helpline as 1090 powerline. If it was called a helpline, it would appear that we are trying to help a weak daughter),” he added.
Without naming BSP chief Mayawati, he said: “Jinhone pathhar ke haathi banwaye, unhone nahi socha beti ke liye. Woh khud ek beti hain. Meri patni hai, do beti hain. Unke beech mein rehta hun. Main samajh sakta hun ki koi takleef hoti hai to koi kya karega (The one who built stone elephants did not think about daughters, despite the fact that she herself was a daughter. I have a wife and two daughters. I spend time with them. I can understand what one would do when they are in pain).”
He told the girls present at the event: “Humein aur aapko mil ke burey ko bura kehna padega. (Together we have to call a spade a spade).”
Claiming that the Opposition and even the media have a different way of looking at things, Akhilesh said: “Once I presented figures in the state Assembly about an increase in OPD at hospitals, the Opposition and media pointed out that the number of patients have increased during my regime.”
IG (Women Powerline) Navneit Sakera said that in the last three years, the 1090 women powerline has received 6,15,606 complaints, out of which 6,04,835 have been resolved.