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Cong is anti-youth: Mulayam

WITH AN eye on the assembly elections, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday projected the Congress as anti-youth and himself as their benefactor. He was addressing a gathering of girl students and unemployed youths after distributing Rs 30 crore to 20,000 beneficiaries of 'Kanya Vidya Dhan' and unemployment allowance from Meerut, Baghpat and Bulandshahar districts.

india Updated: Sep 28, 2006 01:15 IST
S. Raju

WITH AN eye on the assembly elections, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday projected the Congress as anti-youth and himself as their benefactor.

He was addressing a gathering of girl students and unemployed youths after distributing Rs 30 crore to 20,000 beneficiaries of 'Kanya Vidya Dhan' and unemployment allowance from Meerut, Baghpat and Bulandshahar districts.

Coming down heavily on the Congress, the chief minister blamed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi for turning down his repeated requests to provide the State with funds for distribution of unemployment allowance. In support of his version, he read replies of the prime minister's letters verbatim.

He also blamed the Congress for keeping many State welfare projects pending and not releasing funds for them.

He appealed to the youths not to forget him at the time of elections.

“I have taken care of you and now it is your turn to take care of me,” he reiterated.

Mulayam indicated he would like to continue the alliance with Ajit Singh's Rashtriya Lok Dal.

Amid reports of Singh's proximity to the Congress, the chief minister recalled how the party had ditched Ajit Singh's father and the then Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh.

“The next government will be formed under the leadership of the SP and the RLD will remain our coalition partner,” he said.

The CM criticised those opposing distribution of pension to those jailed during the Emergency in 1975. 

“This was required to educate the current generation about the atrocities these prisoners faced during the Emergency,” he clarified.

He called upon girls to strengthen the society. He said the decline in the female-male ratio was alarming in the Meerut region and effective steps should be taken to check it.

“It should be stopped,”he said and advised girls to continue their studies to free society of such social taboos.

He also promised to create more jobs for the youth in the State.

“We have created six lakh jobs and plan to increase the number to ten lakh by the end of the year.”