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UP, Central government schemes are old wine in new bottle: Akhilesh

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav blamed the state government, led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, for ‘stopping’ students from appearing in class 10 and 12 UP Board exams in the name of ‘checking cheating.

lucknow Updated: Feb 17, 2018 15:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Varanasi
Uttar Pradesh,Central government,Schemes
SP chief Akhilesh Yadav being welcomed at Andhau airstrip in Ghazipur.(HT Photo)

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav blamed the state government, led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, for ‘stopping’ students from appearing in class 10 and 12 UP Board exams in the name of ‘checking cheating.’

The SP chief said the move was due to failure of the government to generate employment opportunities since a large number of students passed these exams. While interacting with media persons at Andhau airstrip in Ghazipur on Friday where he paid tribute to deceased father of an SP leader, he said: “Now these students, who were stopped from writing examinations, can’t ask for jobs till the next three years. The state government is doing this as it will be unable to provide jobs to so many students if they pass.”

Without mentioning the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Akhilesh took a jibe at ‘Chai pe charcha’ and ‘pakoda employment remark,’ saying those who indulged in such discussions/comments should talk about reality.

He also took a dig at the Union budget and said Eastern UP didn’t get anything in the last five budgets presented during the Modi government’s tenure. He further said the government should make provision for constructing Purvanchal Expressway.

Akhilesh flayed the Yogi government for stopping Samajwadi Pension scheme for poor and said people were being cheated. “The foundation of several schemes, which was laid earlier, is being re-laid. Schemes, which were inaugurated earlier are being re-inaugurated,” said Akhilesh and elaborated, “Our government provided Rs 3 lakh each for Lohia awas. Now, houses are being built under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. But they are no match for Lohia awas.”

To a question related Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, Akhilesh said the corrupt would always find ways to do money laundering. “During demonetization, I had said that money is not black or white but it is the transaction. Maybe in future they will say that there is no scam since people took money as per the rules,” he said.

The SP chief said that more than 15,000 industrialists migrated to foreign countries during the last three years due to lacuna in the system. He said that there were talks about corruption in toilet constructions. He also took a dig at the state government’s ‘anti-bhumafia squads’ and ‘anti-Romeo squad,’ asking where were the squads now?

He also alleged that fake encounters were taking place in the state while ‘real criminals are being saved.’ “Questions have been raised over Noida encounter. A CBI probe will reveal the truth,” he said.

He appealed to all like minded parties to come together against the communal forces.

To a question on alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Akhilesh said he was busy finalising candidates for by-polls and was holding dialogue with mitra dal (alliance party).

First Published: Feb 17, 2018 15:26 IST