The Samajwadi Party (SP) national president, Mulayam Singh Yadav said that he hates it when the state of Uttar Pradesh is called laggard and it was time for it to turn frontrunner again. “We were the frontrunner in the movement for the freedom of the country, and post-Independence, we gave seven prime ministers to the country. The state is blessed in natural resources and great agro-climatic condition. Farmers are hardworking. And yet we are laggard.”
Calling it an irony that even after 62 years after the Independence, the state has turned backward, he said: “No we are not going to stay behind. We are strong politically, and this political strength would now push the state on a fast track to development.”
Mulayam said that he not only came from a rural background, but also maintained the background by not detaching himself from agriculture, villages and village life. “I still go and sleep in a cot in my village,” he said adding: “Agriculture should be the top priority now. It is agriculture that would take the state towards prosperity and development. The picture would have been different by now had focus been on agriculture all these years.”
He said that it was a sorry state of affairs that state was losing 3 % on an average every year to development and rising population was further diminishing the villages. “Now in politics it has become fashionable to talk about farmers and agriculture. But no one is pushing pro-farming agenda,” he said.
He said that its time that youth—both girls and boys should come forward in electoral process and take interest in issues that matter. They should participate in politcs.