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UP: Challenges loom as Akhilesh completes four years in office

lucknow Updated: Mar 15, 2016 13:14 IST
Umesh Raghuvanshi
Umesh Raghuvanshi
Hindustan Times
Lucknow

A close scrutiny of his government’s performance indicates that the chief minister has come a long way since the early days, an indication of the change came when he gave a new look to his council of ministers following a reshuffle on October 31, 2015.(HT Photo)

Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav may have many reasons to pat himself on the back as he completes four years in office on Tuesday. Yet, he also faces a number of challenges in getting his ambitious projects completed and bringing about a perceptible improvement in the law and order situation before the state goes to the assembly elections in early 2017.

While considerable progress has been made on key projects like Agra-Lucknow Expressway, IT City and Lucknow Metro, he has his work cut out in taking to the people whatever announcements he has made for the farmers, youths and others in the annual budget for 2016-2017.

A close scrutiny of his government’s performance indicates that the chief minister has come a long way since the early days, an indication of the change came when he gave a new look to his council of ministers following a reshuffle on October 31, 2015.

With this, he indicated that he wanted to tighten his grip on governance and assert himself. Though his achievements have won him praise from industry leader Ratan Tata, the good work is sometimes overshadowed by the utterances of some of his motormouth ministers.

The Samajwadi Party’s victory in elections to the local bodies and the state legislative council polls may have won him laurels in the party circles. Yet, critics question his performance on the law and order front.

They also say the chief minister may not have been able to act tough in cases of corruption. For instance, his government failed to set up an inquiry commission to probe the accusations of corruption against the BSP government as promised to the people during the 2012 assembly election which the SP won with a handsome majority.

In the Yadav Singh case, instead of acting tough against the former Noida chief engineer, his government was seen making attempts to thwart a CBI probe. Besides, a face-off continues with the Raj Bhawan over appointment of MLCs. His government was also at odds with Raj Bhawan and the Allahabad high court over appointment of the lokayukta.

A deadlock continues with the Allahabad high court over appointment of a new legal remembrancer.

Task ahead

Considerable progress has been made on key projects like Agra-Lucknow Expressway, IT City and Lucknow Metro. But he has his work cut out in taking to the people whatever announcements he has made for the farmers, youths in the budget for 2016-2017.

Critics question the CM’s performance on the law and order front.

They also say he may not have been able to act tough in corruption cases.

Face-off

A face-off continues with the Raj Bhawan over appointment of MLCs.

His government was also at odds with Raj Bhawan and the Allahabad high court over appointment of the lokayukta. A deadlock continues with the Allahabad HC over appointment of a new legal remembrancer.