Reaching out to the youth leaders and workers of his party as their bhaiya (brother), chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday lauded them for their role in catapulting the Samajwadi Party (SP) to power in the assembly election but warned that rowdyism during the forthcoming students' union polls across the state would not be tolerated.
Throwing open the gates of his official residence to the young leaders, he said they had played a stellar role in changing the government and should now brace themselves for the challenge of changing the system.
The atmosphere was quite informal with all addressing him as bhaiya and Yadav referring to them by their first names.
The interaction was in consonance with Yadav's announcement last month that he would meet the youth on the first day of every month. It was the first such meeting since then and also the first after he became the chief minister.
Most of the youth leaders were those who were with Yadav in his anti-BSP government Kranti Rath campaign in the run-up to the last assembly election.
He told the youth that his government took a major youth-centric step immediately after assuming power by deciding to restore students' union in colleges and universities.
"You must participate in the students' union elections with enthusiasm and also help in promoting a conducive atmosphere in the colleges/universities for education. At the same time, the youth workers should also be amidst public and be helpful to them."
He warned that anyone trying to vitiate the atmosphere in the institutes of learning would be dealt with by the law.
The government would not tolerate any disturbance, he added. The elections would be held as per the recommendations of the Lyngdoh commission's report.
Lohia Vahini national president Anand Bhadauria, Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha national president Sunil Yadav and its state president Rajpal Kashyap and leaders of all the youth wings were present on the occasion.