Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Mohammed Azam Khan on Tuesday mocked the Centre’s promises under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and other issues at a function held for 1,064 meritorious girl students. The students were distributed funds of Rs 30,000 each under the state government’s ‘Kanya Vidya Dhan Yojna’ at ITS Dental College at Muradnagar town in Ghaziabad.
Khan started his speech by hitting out at the issue of retrieving black money, which was brought up in the 2014 general elections. It was claimed that almost Rs 20 lakh each would come to every person if black money stashed abroad was brought back to the country.
If there are five family members in your family then your family would have been a crorepati... you would not have needed to come and get the ‘kanya vidya dhan.’ This was the promise made by the person who runs the country, the ‘badshah.’ He had asked for vote and told that every person will be given Rs 20 lakh... you have been duped,” he said.
Speaking on the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, he said, “They are telling us about ‘swachh Bharat.’ Where is ‘swachh Bharat?’ We had submitted a plan two years ago to clean river Ganga from Delhi to Nepal. Not even Rs 2 have arrived since then,” he added.
He also said that communal forces are trying to defame the state government and condemned the recent cow deaths in Rajasthan.
The function was attended by district and police officials along with students and teachers. The girl students who were awarded had come from various UP schools, including CBSE and ICSE schools, apart from Madarasas and Sanskrit vidyalayas.
Khan had recently made controversial remarks in connection with the Bulandshahr highway robbery and gangrape case. The victims’ family has also filed a petition in the Supreme Court against Khan’s remarks and some police officers.
“We condemned the Bulandhsahr case and demanded strict punishment. We wanted justice within a week and said that the rapists should be stoned to death. But... we also said... that in a single day five incidents of similar nature took place in Uttar Pradesh... We wanted to know the truth behind this. Did we mock the victims or remove any sections from the case?” he said.