The Samajwadi Party (SP) state president, Akhilesh Yadav said: “I commit that if his party came to power, then there would be only one goal—taking Uttar Pradesh fast forward. It would be in our manifesto. We will leave no stone unturned—including deploying technology tools and taking ideas from experts in different fields and setting up Industrial development council yet again.”
He in an attempt to “correct perception” said: “We will break the myth effectively that we are not progressive. We are very progressive and we will prove it. We would use computer softwares—in English, Hindi or Urdu. But at the same time we would pivot economy on agriculture. If farmers prosper, traders would prosper more and so an and so forth. It were we who established power projects like Lanco, it were we who established as many as 29 sugar mills, it were we who initiated the project of generating power from baggase and it was the Congress that scuttled our major power project—the Dadri”.
Akhilesh highlighted: “This is our way of being socialist. Our socialism combines the no two motto—progressive and prosperity.”
He challenged all to find out anywhere in the state or the country where the kind of bridge SP government made over Gomti—that is wider than the roads it bridges. “Always, the roads are wider and the bridge is narrow because making a bridge is costly and complicated affair. So all go for narrow bridges. But thought the other way,” he said as an example to the progressive thinking that the party claims.
He said that UP was unique because it has many districts that have their own individual economy—like Ferozabad’s economy is based on glassworks and bangles, Kannauj’s was natural perfume, or Bhadoi has carpet and durries. And this concept of independent clustered economy should be promoted. Instead all these industries were being neglected.
Akhilesh also hit out at the Congress saying that it has no right to try to come to power by harping on UP’s backwards. It were they who ruled the longest and they are responsible for backwardness.