Dismissing Opposition’s allegations that the state government’s policies were biased towards a particular caste, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav claimed that every section of the society was getting the benefits of various welfare schemes of the Samajwadi Party government.
Addressing a gathering at a laptop distribution function at the Parade Ground here on Sunday, he said, “The Opposition says the Samajwadi Party’s policies are inclined towards a particular caste and religion. It is an attempt to give a communal face to the government. The laptop distribution programme, unemployment allowance scheme and the kanya vidyadhan scheme have benefited every section of the society in the state.”
The CM, who arrived an hour late to the venue, started the programme by giving first laptop to Vandana Tripathi of Kulbhaskar Asharm Degree College followed by 49 others. The officials gave away the remaining laptops to students. A total of 13,732 laptops were distributed on the occasion.
He also inaugurated eight affordable housing schemes in the district meant for the members of the weaker sections of the society.
The weather, which was a cause for concern till Saturday, remained clear on Sunday.
Urging the youth to come forward to fight communal forces, he said recent clashes in various parts of the state showed that such forces were hell-bent on destabilising the state and were acting as a barrier in the growth of the state.
Without naming Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati, Yadav lashed out at the previous regime and said, “In any state, use of water from canals is not free but we have done so for our farmers. Further, the previous government had given us a loss of Rs. 25,000 crore in the power sector due to use of faulty equipment resulting in transmission and distribution losses. Now, the state government has come out with a plan to compensate for the loss. We will also increase 500 seats in medical colleges.”
The CM said Allahabad would soon have a new world-class university. Local MP and Samajwadi Party leader Reoti Raman Singh said that some “parties” were trying to disturb the communal harmony in the state.
“Around 15 lakh laptops will be distributed to students in the state. The youth would be greatly benefited,” added Singh.
Commenting on the laptop distribution, state agriculture minister Anand Singh said opposition dubbed the laptop scheme a lollypop used to woo voters but the SP fulfilled the promise it made to people during the last assembly elections in the state last year.