APPARENTLY STUNG by Congress attempts to run away with credit for sops to unemployed youths, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on Wednesday.
In doing so, he referred to secret communication with the Centre.
Waving a bunch of letters, Yadav said the Prime Minister was the one who, on flimsy grounds, bluntly denied any assistance to implement his (the CM’s) proposal to give the allowance. “I’ve these letters to show how much the PM and his party care for you,” he told youths and girls who came from three districts to collect cheques for the unemployment allowance and Kanya Vidya Dhan here.
The CM has been in an unsparing mood from the day Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit accused his government of utilising the funds allocated by the Centre to support the Kanya Vidya Dhan and the allowance to unemployed youths.
Already, he has called Dixit a liar and sought a public apology from her.
On this occasion, the CM chose to hit out at the PM for the first time.
“In 2004, I wrote three times to Dr Singh, telling him that we are short of resources and badly need the Centre’s help. The reply I received must serve as an eye-opener for all of you here,” he said.
He claimed the PM turned down the proposal, saying it could affect development work throughout the country. The CM also alleged that the PM said his government had no policy for such an allowance. A similar proposal was sent to former PM AB Vajpayee, but he never responded, Yadav added.
Now, when the government had gone ahead with the policy to provide the youth with allowances, everyone has “ganged up and wants to finish me off”.
“The coming elections in UP are extremely crucial in many ways. You people will give these forces a befitting reply on behalf of Mulayam Singh,” he said. “I will expose Dr Singh and his government on this issue,” he said.
His 40-minute speech laid stress on the government’s schemes for youths and girls, and he hit out at the Congress.
No one, he said, had dreamt of the kind of sustainable governance the SP had given to the State. “Ours is a model for governance and the benefits reaching every section of society are a result of a long struggle,” he added.
“Perhaps, my fault is that I’m giving money to girls to further their studies, allowances to youths, free education and free health care,” he said.
The CM added that the government had done it without any help. He said the exchequer was full and he credited traders for their support to reversing the financial fortunes of the State. “For the first time in 20 years, my government presented a budget that showed a profit,” he said.
On the contrary, his schemes had put pressure on the governments of other States, he said. There were many CMs willing to introduce these schemes, but they were hampered by lack of funds.
The SP, he said, would make sure the youths either got jobs or allowances from the Centre as well. For this, he called for a massive movement in New Delhi. He said his government showed the Centre that policy execution and development could go hand in hand.
Reeling out statistics, he said an average of 30 primary schools and two bridges coming up in a day reflected his success.
“The PM must learn his lesson. All that is needed is sincerity,” he said. He also criticised former PM VP Singh for his opposition to the Dadri project.