Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Monday charged rival Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav with misusing the state's development funds, saying that as many as 1,000 villages could have been developed with the amount.
"The money spent by Mulayam Singh for giving a facelift to (his native village) Saifai alone could have brought development in 1,000 villages of the state," Mayawati said at an election rally in Etawah district. Saifai village is situated in Etawah, about 200 km from Lucknow.
"I could have also done the same for my native village in Uttar Pradesh. But, as chief minister I focused on all-round development of the state and took developmental schemes in villages only on the basis of backwardness."
The BSP chief also accused Mulayam Singh of promoting dynastic politics.
"Mulayam must realise that the place where he has reached today is not only because of Ram Manohar Lohia. Icons like Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and others have also played an important role in helping people like Mulayam Singh rise."
She said if this had not happened, Mulayam Singh and his family members would have been grazing cattle under a feudal lord.