LUCKNOW: Taking a potshot at the ruling BJP for allegedly ridiculing the opposition’s grand alliance at the national level over the issue of Prime Ministerial candidate, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav said the alliance had many leaders capable of leading the country, but the BJP should say if they had anyone but Narendra Modi.
Interacting with media persons here on Monday, the SP chief claimed that the nation was calling for a change. “Desh naye PM ki prateeksha kar rah hai. BJP ke pass koi naya chehra ho to woh batayen
(The country is waiting for a new PM. If BJP has a new face, they should tell the people),” said Akhilesh, adding that when the time would demand, people would decide the leadership.
The SP chief also took a jibe at the Yogi government over its announcement of pension for sadhus above 60 years of age on Monday. The pension would be provided under the state pension scheme for senior citizens. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the government would set up special camps across the state till January 30 to help sadhus enrol for pension under the scheme.
The announcement has been made at a time when Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh is hosting Kumbh Mela 2019 where lakhs of Hindu seers are attending the religious event. Critical of 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas started in Varanasi on Monday, the SP chief said the BJP government was tom-tomming its achievements before the NRIs anticipating some investment, but with their ‘thonko’ (encounter) policy, there was an atmosphere of fear in the state.
“You are showing them Kumbh and R-Day, also take them on Lucknow Agra Expressway to showcase the real development done by us,” stated the SP chief. On the seats in his share, Akhilesh claimed that who will fight on which seat was also almost final with the BSP and an announcement would be made soon. However, he dodged a question on the number of seats being given to the RLD.