I have no prime ministerial ambitions: Akhilesh Yadav
"If 50 percent of people who have benefited from schemes of my government vote for us, we will get 300 seats," Akhilesh Yadav said.
Claiming that the Congress-SP alliance will win an overwhelming majority in the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said he has no prime ministerial ambitions and was content with his job in the state.
"I am content with my task in Uttar Pradesh and harbour no ambitions of becoming the Prime Minister of the country and people who stay away from Delhi are happier," Akhilesh said at an event organised by a news channel in Lucknow.
"If 50 per cent of people who have benefited from schemes of my government vote for us, we will get 300 seats," he added.
Listing some of the schemes, he said: "55 lakh women are getting Samajwadi Pension, 18 lakh laptops were distributed, MBBS seats doubled since Independence, helpline services 108, 100, 109, Kanya Vidya Dhan Yojna...there are many more schemes that directly touch the poor."
While reacting to a question on his overpowering clout over his father and former SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh said: "Samajwadi Party still belongs to him. The 'cycle' belongs to him. The relationship is intact, the father-son relationship can never change. It was necessary to distance ourselves from people who ultimately wanted to harm the Samajwadi Party."
"This is not an act of rebellion... Netaji (Mulayam) is above all of us in the party. The responsibility to take Samajwadi Party forward if now with the next generation," he said.
"Our only aim is to retain power in the state. His (Netaji) blessings are with us. Netaji will be the happiest person if SP wins. I am sure, the SP's thumping victory will only increase Netaji's respect," Akhilesh commented on the question whether Mulayam will campaign for the alliance or not.
"His (Netaji) photographs are in our campaign. Netaji is in our each slogan. Netaji told me that he will campaign for the alliance," he remarked.
"This is not my party, this party is an ideology. People who were conspiring against me had gotten me out of the party. Now it is the responsibility of our generation to take this movement forward," Akhilesh stated.
Asked about BJP making "deteriorating law and order situation" in the state an election issue, he said, "People who are questioning law and order should tell how many sections (of the penal code) were slapped against them. Look at their national president and their state president. There were so many sections slapped against them."
On joining hands with the Congress, he said, "If this friendship works, '27 saal UP Behaal' will become '27 saal UP Khushaal'. “This friendship will last long,” Akhilesh observed.