Taking a dig at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, his father and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said that had he been the CM, law and order in the state would have improved in 15 days.
Speaking at a press meet at the SP headquarters here on Tuesday on the occasion of retired IAS officer Dipendra Prasad joining the SP, the party chief said: “If Akhilesh shows some determination and grit, he can change the state of affairs in Uttar Pradesh in less than 15 days. Had I been the Chief Minister, I would have proved this.”
Mulayam also asked Akhilesh, who was present at the press meet, to direct the district magistrates (DMs) and the SPs to meet public expectations. “Make the DMs and SPs accountable for law and order. If they are not following directives and delivering the desired results, send them to jail as a warning signal to other non-performing officials,” he said.
Though initially Mulayam hinted at his disappointment over Akhilesh’s performance, he later blamed the media for not highlighting the SP-led Government’s achievements.
“What Akhilesh has done is unparallel. No government in any state has fulfilled all its promises in less than a year. Akhilesh has done an excellent job.” He asked the mediapersons to see him ‘one by one’ at their convenience so that he could list out the tremendous changes the SP Government has brought in the state.