Mulayam assails Cong ?wrong policies?
THE SAMAJDWADI PARTY on Sunday appealed to the electorate to vote it back to power in Uttar Pradesh and to defeat the ruling Congress in Uttaranchal. Samajwadi Party and Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav lashed out at the Congress for its ?wrong policies?. He promised all-round development in the two states going to the polls next year.india Updated: Oct 16, 2006 01:07 IST
THE SAMAJDWADI PARTY on Sunday appealed to the electorate to vote it back to power in Uttar Pradesh and to defeat the ruling Congress in Uttaranchal.
Samajwadi Party and Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav lashed out at the Congress for its “wrong policies”. He promised all-round development in the two states going to the polls next year.
He was addressing a rally at the end of a two-day national executive meeting in this pilgrim town. He urged voters to take a pledge on the banks of the Ganga to ensure a thumping victory for his party in the forthcoming assembly poll.
Virtually kicking off the party’s poll campaign, he asked party leaders to work out strategies for the assembly election and for the next Parliamentary poll. “This is a challenge before you. Accept it boldly and fight to the finish,” he said.
Attacking the Congress, Yadav said it had failed on all fronts during its two years in power at the Centre.
Yadav said like the BJP, the Congress, too, had lost its moorings in Uttar Pradesh, as he ridiculed Sonia Gandhi’s party, with 14 MLAs in the State, for trying to topple his government.
“Is it possible to form a government with 14 MLAs? Mummy, beta, beti sab lage hai (Mother, son and daughter are all active),” he said in an obvious reference to Gandhi, her son Rahul and daughter Priyanka.
“But the Congress’ base has shrunk not only in the state, but all over the country,” he said, adding that the Congress had no ideology.
Yadav referred to a host of local issues and problems faced by the people of Uttaranchal and promised to ameliorate their conditions if his party was voted to power there.
Earlier, on the second day of the national executive, the Samajwadi Party made a fresh demand for deletion of Haridwar and Uddham Singh Nagar from Uttaranchal and their inclusion in Uttar Pradesh for their rapid development.
“We are firm on this demand, as the people of Haridwar and Uddham Singh Nagar plains feel neglected after the creation of the new state,” party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav told reporters. In a resolution, the party said people of these two districts were not getting opportunities in government jobs and demanded an unemployment allowance for the jobless on the lines of a similar scheme in Uttar Pradesh.
Referring to this issue, the chief minister promised Rs 1,000 a month as unemployment allowance if his party came to power in the State.
To a question on whether the Samajwadi Party would forge an electoral alliance with any other party, Ram Gopal Yadav said it had no objection to tie-ups with like-minded parties, but there were no talks going on with any one at present.
First Published: Oct 16, 2006 01:07 IST