Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday told captains of industry that the Samajwadi Party was “coming back to power in the state after next year’s polls”.
Addressing the Assocham conference on Uttar Pradesh @ Double Digit Growth – “Unfolding Investment Opportunities”, Yadav said: “You (industrialists) must come to UP now as only one year is left (for assembly polls). If you want to come back after a year then also I will welcome you as we (Samajwadi Party) are coming back to power.”
Downplaying the frequent verbal duels between the state and the Centre, Yadav assured industrialists that they were united when it came to development of Uttar Pradesh.
“We will take support from the Centre also to ensure progress of the state.
The Prime Minister (Modi is MP from Varanasi) is also from Uttar Pradesh,” he said.
To prove his point, the chief minister said UP got the centre’s support for the Lucknow metro project.
Yadav announced that the detailed project report (DPR) of Kanpur Metro had been finalized and that Varanasi Metro was next in line. He said UP was the only state in the country that was pursuing metro rail projects in five cities -- Lucknow, Noida, Ghaziabad, Kanpur and Varanasi.
Listing steps taken by his government in augmenting infrastructure in the state, Yadav said several projects had been executed and many were in the pipeline.
He also mentioned the proposed 302-km Lucknow-Agra Expressway, the ambitious 382-km Lucknow-Ballia Expressway and upcoming Amul dairy milk projects in Lucknow, Varanasi and Kanpur.“It’s a wrong notion that nothing happens in the right manner in Uttar Pradesh because, if you remove the state’s contribution to the Indian economy, you can see that country is not progressing,” asserted the CM.
Later chief secretary Alok Ranjan assured all help to the industrialists, who included Assocham chief Sunil Kanoria, Radico Khaitan Ltd CMD Lalit Khaitan, GKG Group chairman Manoj Gupta, Smart Global (Spice Group) executive director Preeti Malhotra, Monnet Ispat and Energy Ltd CMD Sandeep Jajodia and others.