Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav justified his government’s move to confer the Yash Bharati award on Abhishek Bachchan. “Abhishek is a resident of Uttar Pradesh. He has made a mark on the international film arena,” said the chief minister adding that his government proposed to confer the “Yash Bharati” award on the young Bachchan in pursuance of the policy he had announced in 1994. “Award to Abhishek Bachchan would only enhance Uttar Pradesh’s honour,” he said adding that there was no justification behind questioning the proposed honour to young Bachchan.
The chief minister also denied allegations that the officers posted at NOIDA were involved in corruption.
“There are no charges against the NOIDA officers,” said the Chief Minister. He said that he was ready to look into the charges if they were brought to his notice. Replying to another question the chief minister said he hoped that Anant Gupta the son of Adobe India CEO Naresh Gupta would soon be released. “I will speak to officers again,” said the chief minister. He said that efforts were being made to get Anant released soon.
Describing the Centre as ‘weak’ he said even countries like China were claiming that Arunachal Pradesh was its part.