UTTAR PRADESH chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday described the Vande Mataram controversy as insignificant and observed that the BJP was trying to politicise it unnecessarily. He said that singing of the national song should be voluntary. Singing the song is not a certificate for nationalist or patriotic feelings, remarked Singh.
Talking to reporters at the airport here during a short visit on Tuesday, Singh remarked that the BJP’s game is over. Revival of Ram Mandir issue is not going to benefit BJP anymore because public now want development, employment, harmony and facilities, he added.
Singh criticised the ruling BJP government of Madhya Pradesh for failing to contain the deteriorating law and order situation, and poor condition of roads and electricity supply. The condition of roads as compared to the cities of Uttar Pradesh is much inferior, he claimed.
Singh strongly condemned the Ujjain incident. He also critcised the administration for the road accidents in which Samajwadi Party workers were injured while being deported to outskirts during agitation against MPSEB on August 28. He said he would speak to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on this issue and demand action against officials responsible for the incident.
On allegation of appeasement of Muslim and Yadav communities, Singh said it is not correct. Welfare schemes including land reforms, girl child education, and unemployment allowance to graduates were benefiting thousands of backward, forward, poor and people of other castes also. However, the Muslim community needs government support owing to their poor economic background, illiteracy and underdevelopment, he added.
Singh praised the performance of his government and added that record numbers of river bridges were constructed in the last three years. Besides, infrastructure development including road construction and setting up of power plants etc also made significant progress. He assured that the UP government would extend all possible help to complete Bhind-Etawah railway line project.
Singh also visited a private nursing home to inquire about the well being of injured persons.