Urging people to stay away from Bharatiya Janata Party and BSP, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said these parties have a tacit understanding and are spreading false propaganda against the state government on development issues.
“No other government has worked like Samajwadis, still the BJP and the BSP are trying to mislead the people with false propaganda,” he said at a function in which he distributed steel plate and glass to the school children of primary schools at Dhanua Saand village in Mohanlalganj tehsil of the state capital on the occasion of Dhanteras on Friday.
He attacked BJP saying during the 2014 elections all the BJP leaders ended their speech with `Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ but this time, with UP elections around the corner, they are ending their speeches with `Jai Sri Ram’ just to foment communal trouble.
“Besides, the party leaders are talking at length about the surgical strike but the common man does not know what exactly it means. I also learnt about it through Google. Some enthusiastic leaders now talk about a surgical strike in Samajwadi party. They exactly don’t know what they are talking about,” he said.
Yadav also criticized BJP president Amit Shah for alleging that no development has taken in Etawah. “The Saifai airport where his aircraft landed was constructed by the SP government while where he addressed the rally was developed by Mulayam Singh Yadav,” he said.
Attacking BSP president Mayawati for constructing her own statues, he asked whether anyone in the country ever constructed his own statue. “These parties (BSP and BJP) have a tacit understanding and are willfully spreading lies about Samajwadi Party Government,” he said.
“The work Samajwadi Party Government has done in the education sector is unparalleled. The government has provided hot milk and fruits to the children. This is the government which has ensured that children get a free education. We have distributed free books and bags,” he said.
He asked party workers to spread the message of good work among the masses. He also called upon party workers to make the two functions of the party on November 3 and 5 successful.
“It is an extended Diwali festival for us but we have to make both- November 3 when I will launch the Vikas Rath Yatra and November 5 when the party will celebrate the silver jubilee foundation day function,” he said.
The CM announced that if the SP returns to power, all the poor families would be given Samajwadi pension against the existing limit of 55 lakh families while the syllabus of the government schools would be at par with the existing renowned schools of the state.
The Basic Education Department has procured over one crore plates and as many glasses to be used during the mid-day meal in state-run schools.
The decision to distribute plates and glasses were taken around three months back. At the same time, the Government had decided to distribute free school bags among the students.
This is probably the first time Government will distribute plates and glasses to the students to eat the mid-day meal. Till now students were asked to bring their own plates.
The high point of this scheme is Akhilesh’s picture on these plates. The state Government believes with the CM’s pictures on the plate, students will know who is the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Akhilesh had faced an embarrassment when during an inspection in a school in Rae Bareli, students of class IV said Rahul Gandhi was CM of Uttar Pradesh. The majority of them failed to even recognize him.
The CM faced a similar predicament when he was told by villagers that they did not know who the real benefactor of people-oriented schemes like Samajwadi Pension Yojana is. After that, the CM got his picture printed on ration cards and the bags in which foodgrains were being distributed under Food Security Act.
CM defended this saying: “What’s wrong in having pictures of the CM on ration cards and bags. People should know who is extending this help to the people.”