Bahujan Samaj Party swept the polls in the 2007 assembly elections on law and order as well as development agenda. After a gap of over 20 years, a majority government was formed in Uttar Pradesh.
BSP completed four years in power on May 13, 2010. The government not only fulfilled the aspirations of the voters, but also took the state on the path of development.
Chief minister Mayawati launched several schemes for the masses, especially for dalits, backwards, religious minorities as well as poor among the upper caste. Under the leadership of chief minister Mayawati, the era of turmoil in the state politics came to an end.
The mafias are on the run and there is no collection of goonda tax from the traders.
Four years is all it took for the BSP government to do what previous governments failed to achieve in 40 years of their rule. It has shown that the law is equal for every one and influential lawbreakers were also put behind bars. Even the MPs and MLAs of the BSP who indulged in criminal activities were brought to justice by the chief minister.
Vision and strategy
Riding on the development plank and social engineering formula, BSP now plans to return to power. Chief minister, Mayawati has told party workers to inform the people about various development schemes. The measures taken by the party for the welfare of the common man would be the main agenda for the party in 2012 elections.
The BSP government is working on three basic issues- bijli, paani and sadak to seek the support of the people.
Early selection of the candidates
BSP is the only political party that that has finalised the tickets of the MLAs after delimitation of the constituencies. The majority of the candidates are already campaigning in their constituencies while rival political parties are yet to finalise their candidates. The BSP has already announced that it would contest on all the 403 assembly seats on its own strength.
The state government has launched Yamuna expressway to connect NOIDA with Agra and Ganga expressway to connect NOIDA with Ballia.
The chief minister has already announced that by 2014, people in the state would get 24 hours power supply. The state government has planned to generate 30,000 megawatt power after setting up dozens of new thermal power plants. The capacities of the old power plants are being increased.
The state government has already fulfilled its promise of 14 hours power supply in the rural areas.
Public Works Department
Within four years, the state government has laid 50,000km roads in the state. Cement concrete road were constructed in 5,480 gram sabhas. The state government spent Rs 3,569 crore over the construction of the roads in the villages. The existing roads were repaired.
The state government gave 100% concession in stamp duties over the small scale units coming up in Purvanchal and Bundelkhand region. In other areas, relaxation on stamp duty was 50%. The online application facility has been provided to the entrepreneurs who are planning to set up small, medium and big industrial units.
Special facilities were given to the entrepreneurs under UP special economic region (amendment) policy 2007.
Social Welfare schemes
All facilities under the Dr Ambedkar gram sabha development scheme have been provided in 5,598 gram sabhas. Community centers have come up constructed in a large number of villages. The state government also launched Mahamaya Sarvajan Awas Yojana to provide housing to those below the poverty line.
The common people insurance scheme has also been quiet a hit.
Other schemes that have been much lauded by people include CM Mahamaya Garib Arthik Mamad Yojana, Savitri Bai Phule Balika Shiksha Mamad Yojana, Mahamaya Garib Balika Ashirvad Yojana, Manyavar Kanshiram Shahari Garib Awas Yojana, Sarvajan Hitay Garib Awas (slum areas) Malikana Haq Yojana, Mahamaya Sarvajan Awas Yojana, Kanshiram Dalit Basti Samgra Vikas Yojana and UP Janhit Guarantee Act, 2011.
Janhit Guarantee Act is a unique scheme in which the common people would get services within a fixed time period. Around 13 services associated with various departments including including revenue, urban development, health, food and civil supplies have been marked by the state government.
Law and order has been a major area of focus for the state government. The improvement of the police system was a major challenge, as the state government got no economic assistance from the central government.
The state government had earmarked Rs 7,440 crore budget for the police department. Special development projects have been launched in the naxal infested Sonebhadra, Chandauli and Mirzapur districts. The state government has created 2,4 lakh new posts in the police department in 2008. For fair and transparent recruitment, the state government constituted police recruitment board.
(As told to Rajesh Kumar Singh)