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HT conclave: Near consensus to develop infrastructure and agriculture

A near consensus emerged among all the major political parties to take development of infrastructure and agriculture on the top of their agenda as they shunned the political differences at the Hindustan Times conclave to present their vision to take UP forward.

lucknow Updated: Nov 26, 2011 21:56 IST
Umesh/HT Correspondent

A near consensus emerged among all the major political parties to take development of infrastructure and agriculture on the top of their agenda as they shunned the political differences at the Hindustan Times conclave to present their vision to take UP forward.

A difference of opinion however persisted over the issues like foreign direct investment in the retail sector and the impact of Anna Hazare factor in the forthcoming assembly elections.

Barring the Bahuja Samaj Party the leaders of all the major parties supported demands for students unions in the universities saying the institutions of higher learning be the grooming grounds for the young leaders instead of being the centers imparting only the bookish knowledge to the students.

As the leaders cutting across the political spectrum spoke on the people’s Agenda 2012- Taking Uttar Pradesh Forward the questions posed to them were piercing and tough.

So, there were frenzied moments. But the leaders used their political acumen as they responded to questions on the post poll alliances, corruption and the law and order situation.

Amidst speculations about the post poll alliances in the case of a fractured verdict the most leaders asserted their respective parties would gain a majority in the elections. Minister for Cooperatives and state BSP president Swami Prasad Maurya said his party would gain a majority. So did the state Bharatiya Janata Party president Surya Prasad Shahi. He said the BJP would make efforts to get a majority on its own. But the party would under no circumstances enter in to alliance with the BSP.

The Congress’s representative and Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) Research and Development Unit Chairman Tariq Siddiqui also said his party would get a majority on its own. But UP Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav used his wits to give projections about the likely alliances in the post poll scenario though he said he was sure that the SP would gain a majority on its own. Yadav was sitting in middle on the dais with the BSP and Congress to his left and the BJP and Lok Dal to his right. Asked how the SP proposed to form the next government if no party gained a clear majority in the assembly polls Yadav said the parties to his extreme left (Congress) and right (RLD) may join hands.

Rashtriya Lok Dal national general secretary Jayant Chaudhary said the UP’s vast potential had not been utilised to the optimum as the leadership lacked vision. As of now all the decisions making powers in the state centred around the chief minister. In his district the district police chief had been changed four to five times in the recent past, he said. How long with the chief ministers decide about the postings of district police chiefs, asked Jayant while stressing upon the needs of reforms in the police. A vision for the state’s development should be worked out in consultation with the economists etc. said Jayant.

Siddiqui while speaking on behalf of UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi portrayed a dismal picture of the state saying UP had been pushed from its position among the top states during the Congress led regimes to the lowest position among states in terms of development indicators. “The prevailing scenario will make any seasoned leader angry,” said Siddiqui in an obvious referred to Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s “UP Makes me angry” remarks made recently.

Shahi said the Congress had failed to bring about development during its nearly 40 years rule in the state. Shahi lauded the policies being followed in the BJP ruled states and said a well connected road network in the villages, a large number of medical and engineering colleges in the state were outcome of the policies pursued by the BJP led governments here.

Maurya also used the occasion to launch an attack on Congress targeting All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Rahul Gandhi without naming him. Maurya said those who gave the slogan of “Garibi Hatao” failed to remove poverty. Now they were giving the people of UP a certificate of being the beggars, he said.

Maurya listed the schemes launched by the BSP led government to project a pro-poor image of chief minister Mayawati and said she was committed for the state’s development. CM had created new states to bring about development in the state, he said.