Differing from Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s views, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav has has come out in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, saying that Modi is the country’s Prime Minister and cannot be confined only to the BJP anymore.
“It is a good initiative by Modi. Everyone should be concerned about cleanliness. But, there should be a proper module for implementing the campaign,” Aparna Yadav told The Indian Express.
Aparna, who is the wife of Akhilesh’s younger brother Prateek, had also supported the campaign while attending an Akhil Bhartiya Adhikar Sangthan seminar in Lucknow on Wednesday. “I had said the same thing during the seminar when I was asked by some journalists. I attended the programme as a social worker,” she said.
When it was pointed out that the Samajwadi Party is politically pitted against Modi, Aparna said Modi is no longer confined to the BJP. “He is the PM for whole country,” she said.
Aparna said she is aware that her remarks will put Akhilesh in tight spot, since several of his ministers have ridiculed the campaign, but said she had the right to differ from the party’s view. “I am part of the family not the party. I have my own standing as a social worker,” she said.
She, however, denied media reports claiming that she had countered the Akhilesh government on various occasions, including in her stand on 1090 women’s helpline, a brain child of Akhilesh Yadav. She had reportedly stated that police control room number 100 is better than 1090.
The activist also had her own suggestions for the campaign: “Only symbolic cleanliness will not go a long way. There should be a proper module, a detailed project report about managing the cleanliness work in cities which also brings more employment”.