A CENTRE for promoting art and culture named after noted poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan would be set up in NOIDA.
The Art and Culture Centre would be inaugurated before the coming Vidhan Sabha elections, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, who was in his native Saifai village to distribute cheques of Kanya Vidya Dhan Yojna and unemployment allowance, said at a gathering.
The CM instructed the officials present to start the construction of the Centre at the earliest. On the occasion, Yadav presented a shawl and a memento to the cine star and member of UP Development Council, Amitabh Bachchan, who was also present there.
The CM said that Bachchan, whose security cover has been reduced, was being targeted by the Congress-led government at the Centre because of the actor’s close association with him.
“After my family, Bachchan is being targeted by the government at the Centre because they (Amitabh’s family) have had a long association with my family and the scaling down of his security is a part of this design,” Yadav said.
“First Rajya Sabha membership to Jaya Bachchan became the issue then raids were carried out at their residence and a controversy was raised over imported goggles... And now they (the party) are being victimised in the name of Bachchan’s security,” Yadav said.
He alleged that peeved over the growing popularity of his government and the massive welfare schemes going on in the state some leaders have joined hands to remove him from power.
Recalling what he termed as dismal state of affairs in Uttar Pradesh at the time when he took over as chief minister, Yadav said that today following concerted efforts, Uttar Pradesh was on the path of emerging as the model state in the country.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party activists in Allahabad today protested the scaling down of the security cover for Amitabh Bachchan and alleged that this was done at the behest of the Congress-led government at the Centre which was upset over the star’s proximity to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Activists of the ruling party gathered at the Subhash Chauraha in the posh civil lines area of the city this afternoon and burnt an effigy of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who, they alleged, “is enraged over Bachchan getting close to Yadav and the party general secretary Amar Singh”.