PM copying my 'adopt a village' scheme: Mulayam

  • HT Correspondent and Agencies, Lucknow
  • Updated: Nov 25, 2014 13:34 IST

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clean India drive, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said that NDA government had been copying the projects which he had launched in the past in Uttar Pradesh.

Laying foundation stone of Rs 15,000 crore Agra-Lucknow Expressway in Lucknow on Sunday, Yadav said during his stint as chief minister in 1990, he had launched “village adoption scheme” which Modi had started now. Similarly on toilet construction scheme, Yadav said this project was also taken in 1990. He recalled even Bansilal had launched these schemes during his tenure in Haryana.

"He (Modi) is talking about adopting villages. I have adopted villages in 1990. The Prime Minister is copying me. I have done all this. I have initiated construction of toilets in 1990," Yadav said.

He said sanitation problem was closely connected with poverty. “Remove poverty and sanitation would automatically follow ”, Yadav said and added it was responsibility of all people’s representatives and civil servants to take care of their villages. Referring to immense natural resources in UP, the state could not develop because of lack of sense of responsibility among the people in power.

On several foreign visits of Modi, the SP chief said it was good to expand foreign relations but so far nothing concrete has come out. People were waiting for results, he said.

"I personally feel that it's good that he is touring. We should have good relations with our neighbours and other countries and lessen enmity," Singh said.

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