Akhilesh is­sues ap­peal in­stead of man­i­festo

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

LUC­KNOW: In­stead of re­leas­ing a man­i­festo for the civic polls, Sa­ma­jwadi Party (SP) na­tional pres­i­dent Akhilesh Ya­dav has is­sued an ap­peal to vot­ers.

In the ap­peal, he has high­lighted “all the pub­lic in­ter­est and de­vel­op­ment works” that his gov­ern­ment did for the state and its ur­ban ar­eas.

While Akhilesh is­sued the ap­peal, chief min­is­ter Yogi Adiyanath has re­leased an elab­o­rate BJP man­i­festo for the civic polls

“Now, the vot­ers have to de­cide if they want to take for­ward the spirit of the Sa­ma­jwadi Party’s work or let the anti-de­vel­op­ment mind­set of the BJP flour­ish,” Akhilesh Ya­dav said in his ap­peal.

All Sa­ma­jwadi Party can­di­dates and cam­paign­ers will dis­trib­ute pam­phlets con­tain­ing the ap­peal to vot­ers dur­ing the on­go­ing cam­paign for the civic polls.

The pam­phlets will have Akhilesh’s pic­ture and the en­tire text of the ap­peal.

In the ap­peal, Akhilesh says: “The Sa­ma­jwadi Party has a cred­i­ble record, while the BJP

has not launched even a sin­gle pub­lic in­ter­est project. The BJP does noth­ing other than spread­ing ha­tred and di­vid­ing peo­ple.”

“Be it Kan­pur, Varanasi, Vrindavan, Mathura, Ay­o­d­hya, Al­la­habad, Agra or Ghazi­abad, the Sa­ma­jwadi Party (SP) im­ple­mented sev­eral big-ticket projects in these ci­ties. The SP gov­ern­ment built the Janesh­war Misra Park spread over 375 acres, Jaiprakash Narain In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre and Gomti River­front in Luc­know. To make road travel be­tween Delhi and Luc­know smooth, it built a 302-kilo­me­tre Agra-Luc­know Ex­press­way. (It gave) Metro rail to Luc­know.”

Akhilesh has also high­lighted Luc­know works: beau­ti­fi­ca­tion and con­ser­va­tion work of Imam­bara, Ghan­taghar, Pic­ture Gallery, Tile Wali Masjid, new Vid­han Sabha sec­re­tar­iat (Lok Bha­van), ex­pan­sion of Kukrail for­est, mod­ern bus sta­tions at Kais­erbagh and Alam­bagh, widen­ing of roads, ce­ment ap­proach roads, cy­cle tracks, six rail­way over­bridges and IT hub.

He also says his gov­ern­ment gave free lap­tops to stu­dents, in­tro­duced 108 and 102 am­bu­lances, 1090 Woman Power Line, and sev­eral pro-farmer schemes.

“Our gov­ern­ment did de­vel­op­ment work for all. It never worked with any ill will to­wards any com­mu­nity and re­spected all,” he said.

Con­trast­ing his gov­ern­ment’s work with the BJP’s achieve­ments, he said: “PM Modi had promised loan waiver (for farm­ers) and vot­ers were in­flu­enced. But on com­ing to power in UP, the BJP’s loan waiver turned out to be a be­trayal.”

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