Against the backdrop of a Khap diktat in Uttar Pradesh forbidding women from using mobile phones and restricting their movement, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav today said his government will act against any Panchayat which curbs people's freedom.
"There is no silence from our side. The decisions of Khap panchayat should be in the interest of the society. Nobody has the right to put a ban on anyone's freedom. If a decision is taken which is obstructing anyone's freedom, we will definitely rise against such a Panchayat," Yadav said addresing a gathering of FICCI Ladies Association here.
A Khap panchayat in UP's Baghpat district earlier this month issued diktats asking women in Asaara village to cover their heads and forbidding them from using cellphones and going anywhere unescorted.
Taking a jibe at his predecessor Mayawati, Yadav said the GDP will grow only at the rate of 6.2 per cent in the state if it is run by someone who "installs her statues while alive".
Yadav also put the blame for the incidents of violence in Uttar Pradesh on the previous BSP government saying, "The conditions in which we formed our goverment, we have got many ills in heritage. It will take time to rectify all these."
Though claiming that no other party had got the kind of majority in Uttar Pradesh like the Samajawadi Party did this time, Yadav admitted that the problems facing the state including problems in distribution and supply of electricity needed to be redressed urgently.
"If we cannot solve the power problem in the state, we will also be dislodged from power after five years," he said dismissing contentions that development is focused only in his home Saifai during his government.
He said he was demanding from the Centre linkage coal supply for the state power houses and industry. "Our problems will not be solved unless we get coal linkage," he said.