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India Today - - GLASS HOUSE - by KAVEREE BAMZAI

He may pre­fer the bi­cy­cle to the more glam­orous mo­tor­cy­cle favoured by most young politi­cians, but Akhilesh Ya­dav can be quick when he wants to be. The Ut­tar Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter had to in­au­gu­rate a dozen schemes at 11 a.m on March 5. But when it was an­nounced that the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion would hold a press con­fer­ence at 10.30 a.m., Akhilesh be­gan his pro­gramme at 9.45 a.m.. He went on to flag off three dozen mo­bile fish par­lours, an­nounced the names of re­cip­i­ents of this year’s Yash Bharti Sam­man and wrapped up the pro­gramme with five min­utes to spare be­fore the Model Code of Con­duct came into force, giv­ing no op­por­tu­nity for the Ut­tar Pradesh Govern­ment to be pulled up for vi­o­la­tion.

Il­lus­tra­tion by SAU­RABH SINGH

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