Shivpal harps on Uttam Pradesh
PUBLIC WORKS Department Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav said the State Government was determined to transform Uttar Pradesh into Uttam Pradesh and make Gorakhpur a model district.
He was addressing a meeting at Nausarh for the Kauriram assembly by-election.
He said a series of development projects would be launched for Kauriram after the March 25 by-election.
He also said the election model code of conduct had tied the government’s hands.
He claimed the by-election was a crucial one for the Samajwadi Party, as Opposition leaders would project the result as a referendum on the government’s performance.
He said the SP had won 10 seats during 12 by-elections in the last two years, losing only two to the Opposition.
He accused the Manmohan Singh Government at the Centre of not cooperating with the State Government.
He said the State Government had sent a proposal to the Union Government, seeking funds for allowances to unemployed youth, but the Centre did not accept it.
Highlighting pro-people decisions, he said the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government had, for the first time, paved the way for promotion of police personnel and introduced the Kanya Vidya Dhan Scheme to promote girls’ education.
The present government was the first in the last 10 years to take concrete steps to increase power generation and allocate Rs 500 crore for the purpose.
He said at present 14-hour power supply was scheduled for rural areas. In the next two years, this will go up to 24 hours. He addressed public meetings at Nausarh, Mahavir Chhapra, Kauriram, Azad Chowk and Dangipar.
Earlier, SP activists welcomed Shivpal on his arrival.
The district administration also deployed policemen, including a circle officer, three officers in charge of police stations, and a company of the CRPF, with the minister’s convoy.
Minister of State for Agriculture Jaiprakash Yadav, MLC Ganesh Shanker Pandey and other leaders also expressed their views.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party MLA Kamlesh Paswan, who was in the news for joining hands with BJP MP Yogi Adityanath during the zila panchayat chairperson’s election, was also present on the dais. Observers saw this as a sign of the Samajwadi Party consolidating its position.