Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav expressed confidence on Sunday that the Samajwadi Party would return to power for the second consecutive term.
Yadav said no matter when the state assembly elections were held, the Samajwadi Party was prepared and did not fear any rival.
The chief minister claimed that projects initiated by his government were near completion and those which began later were visibly taking shape. “We are working to improve the drinking water facility of Agra. The inner ring road project is nearing completion as the district administration has acquired land with the cooperation of farmers,” he said.
“The work on the expressway connecting Agra with Lucknow is progressing fast and now markets are coming up alongside it. Besides connecting Etawah, Kannauj and other cities, the expressway would also lead to growth in villages,” he said.
When asked when the election would take place, the CM said Samajwadi Party workers were ready, whenever they might be held.
“We anticipate that we will be able to complete the projects undertaken and inaugurate them before going for elections,” he said. “We are doing what the masses are interested in and that is development, while those at the Centre make tall claims but are unable to fulfill them,” Yadav said.
When asked which party posed a challenge to Samajwadi Party, the CM said his party was not afraid of any one and would form the government in the state again.
Reacting to Amit Shah’s comment calling BSP and SP as ‘Rahu’ and ‘Ketu’ in UP politics, Akhilesh Yadav asked who Amit Shah had shown his hand to.
“If we are Rahu and Ketu for them, then they are ‘Rahu’ and ‘Ketu’ for us,” he added.