Wary of BSP and Disgruntled Voters, Akhilesh Yadav Says Talk to Me - The New Indian Express

Wary of BSP and Disgruntled Voters, Akhilesh Yadav Says Talk to Me

Published: 16th Feb 2014 03:47:19 AM

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is beginning to talk. As the Lok Sabha polls draw closer, Yadav wants to get ideas and feedback from voters in the state. Yadav has launched “Talk to your CM”, an innovative idea to reach out to the people, particularly the youth.

The meetings are expected to improve the sagging image of SP and its government that has suffered owing to the CM’s failure to deliver effective governance, the blot from the series of communal riots in Muzaffarnagar, and the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.

Encouraged by the impressive support he drew from the youth in the 2012 assembly elections when he promised free laptops to students, Akhiklesh Yadav is going to them once again, this time through social networking sites and is all set to launch “ Talk to your CM.” Though one may say that the young CM is copying BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s much publicised “Chai pe Charcha” programme, the fact remains that he is determined to address aspirations of the youth and the middle class in the state.

Akhilesh Yadav knows that if his party fails to make a mark in the Lok Sabha polls and ends up behind BSP in the state in terms of seats, he would be blamed by all those sulking within the party. He fears the rising pitch from the disgruntled SP leadership would pose difficulties in the 2017 assembly polls. Realising the consequences of the parliament results in the state, the CM has announced a series of populist measures. The Samajwadi Party government has decided to regularise the services of 1.70 lakh shiksha mitra (part time primary teachers). It has announced free pathological tests and free medicines the government hospitals. The government has decided to regularise the services of 1.70 lakh shiksha mitra (part time primary teachers). It has also launched Samajwadi pension scheme for over 40 lakh families and has raised the bar of creamy layer for OBCs—from annual income of `3lakh a year to `5lakh.

The UP government has already announced free pathological tests and free medicines at government hospitals. The CM is himself addressing public meetings along with his father, and the SP chief, Mulayam Singh Yadav to propagate his policies and achievements in order to counter his political opponents, mainly the BJP. The father-son duo has already addressed half a dozen public meetings that registered sizeable crowds.

While inaugurating the traditional Services Week of the IAS officers in Lucknow on February 14, Yadav admitted that despite his warning, one district magistrate was involved in a bribing incident. “When I came to know this, I asked the DM to return the bribe. I transferred him but failed to suspend him,“ lamented the CM adding that he has asked the officers for quick delivery but has failed to get the desired results. What has caused more concern to the CM is the rowdy behaviour from his ministers and MLAs who are often seen clashing with the government officials.

sops from SP

● The Akhilesh government has announced free pathological tests and free medicines at government hospitals.

● The government has decided to regularise the services of 1.70 lakh shiksha mitra (part time primary teachers)

● It has launched Samajwadi pension scheme for over

40 lakh families

● It has raised the bar of creamy layer for OBCs in annual income of ` 3 lakh a year to `5lakh.

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