Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday denied Prime Minister Narerndra Modi’s allegation about the crime situation in Uttar Pradesh and asked him to review data from the Interior Ministry and other central authorities.
At a ceremony following the stone-laying ceremony for Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University in Aligarh, PM Modi said earlier in the day that UP was run by gangsters and mafias before 2017. The Samajwadi Party (SP) ruled the state at that time.
In a devastating attack on the BJP, Yadav told reporters at a press conference here that it is good to start a university, but the party “runs the best training center for lying”.
He urged the BJP to use “bulldozers” as an election symbol, referring to the alleged demolition of houses of some Ayodhya residents.
Yadav also asked the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, to have his eyesight tested and responded to the CM’s claim that the opposition leader lacked eyesight.
Yadav told reporters that the UP government was not operating according to the law and warned officials that his party is compiling a list of those who have broken the law, stressing that if his party’s government comes to power, they will not be spared comes.
When his attention was drawn to the Prime Minister’s comment on law and order, Yadav said, “He should ask for the Interior Ministry’s dates or dial 100 to see who is driving crime.”
He asked the Prime Minister to go through the NCRB report and also to see which state the National Commission on Human Rights had given the maximum deadline.
Yadav said the prime minister should also ask the Uttar Pradesh CM who is the top 10 mafia in the state.
Everyone is aware of how the CM withdrew cases against themselves, he said.
He also accused the ruling party of not honoring its own leaders, citing laying the foundation stone of a university after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Lucknow in 2019 and asking about their status.
He claimed the government was using the work of other governments to honor its own leaders and assured that if his party came to power they would establish a university or college in Vajpayee’s native village of Bateshwar, Agra.
“Even after more than four years, this government is changing names and colors and is claiming the work of the SP government for itself. Since they know that their government is on the way, the language of their heads has changed,” said the SP said the chief and apparently referring to the “Abba Jaan” half of CM Yogi recently in Kushinagar.
He said that when the CM went to Kushinagar a few years ago, children and poor people were given soaps and shampoos to have a bath first and then to meet him.
Such a person cannot develop the state, he said.
Upon Yogi’s claim that Akhilesh Yadav had no eyesight, the SP leader asked the CM to have his eyesight tested.
He also suggested that the BJP choose “bulldozers” as their electoral symbol after two Ayodhya residents in the Ramkot area told him that their homes had been razed by the administration.
Maniram Yadav told the former CM that they have lived in the area for three generations and believed that their “achchey din” will come once the Ram Temple is built but now “feel like they are committing suicide”.
Countering claims by the state government that unauthorized buildings were being demolished, the former CM said there are many houses, especially very old ones, that do not have an approved floor plan, citing the example of the CM headquarters in Lucknow.
He assured that once his party comes to power it will restore the dignity of those whose houses have been demolished by building new houses.