You say something and show something else: Akhilesh bars media from new house

Apparently miffed with the media for sustained coverage of the damages done to his erstwhile bungalow, which he vacated after a Supreme Court order, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said he will never invite the media to his new house.
(L-R) Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma, governor Ram Naik and former CM Akhilesh Yadav greet people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, in Lucknow on Saturday.(PTI)
(L-R) Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma, governor Ram Naik and former CM Akhilesh Yadav greet people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, in Lucknow on Saturday.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 16, 2018 08:25 PM IST
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Indo Asian News Service, Lucknow | ByIndo Asian News Service

The new residence of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav will be out of bounds for the media, he said on Saturday.

Apparently miffed with the media for sustained coverage of the damages done to his erstwhile house, which he vacated after a Supreme Court order, the Samajwadi Party leader said he had formally shifted to his new residence but added tauntingly that he will never invite the media to it.

“You say something and show something else,” he said.

After vacating his sprawling bungalow, allocated in the capacity of former chief minister, he spent a few days at a VVIP guest house. He has now shifted to a villa in Sushant Golf City, an Ansal township on Sultanpur Road.

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Talking to the media after attending Eid celebrations, Akhilesh also took a jibe at the ‘Sampark for Samarthan’ programme of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). As part of the programme, chief minister Yogi Adityanath met eminent people and sought their support based on four years of Narendra Modi rule.

“They have done nothing in the past four years... What other option do they have other than knocking the doors of people now?” he said.

He said the state government was busy making hollow promises and inaugurating projects launched by the previous government. “I wish they gave some credit to us for the works for which they are cutting ribbons now.”

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