Lucknow: Asking party leaders to gird up their loins to counter "communal forces" in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday directed them to go closer to workers at the grassroots level and prepare a roadmap to retain power in the state.
In a loud and clear message to ministers, he said mere good performance of the government will not suffice. "The achievements of the government have to be conveyed to the masses and more than that ministers should connect with workers at the grassroots level so that they do not feel neglected," he said.
"After all, party workers are the backbone of the organisation," he said at a brain-storming strategy session of the ruling party's newly reconstituted state executive.
SP had won 224 seats in the 403-member UP Assembly and it is high time to work together to repeat the grand performance, he said.
"To ensure this, SP leaders to go closer to workers at the lower rung of the organisation," he said in a veiled warning to minister who kept themselves away from their electors.
"Ministers must spend more time in their respective districts and constituencies and listen to the grievances of leaders at the grassroots level," he said.
The state executive meet was attended by SP National General Secretary Ramgopal Yadav and state unit president Akhilesh Yadav, besides other senior leaders.
With BJP's victory in 71 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh weighing heavily on his mind, Mulayam asked partymen to stand united to crush "communal forces" in the 2017 Assembly polls.
"SP alone can defeat communal forces. People of the state know it. You (party leaders) should stand united and fight these forces," he said.
Mulayam said he was aware of what the state ministers were doing. "You (ministers) are doing a good job. The government is doing a good job. But this is not enough. This has to be propagated among the people," he said, advising them to ensure effective implementation of developmental schemes launched by the state government.
SP spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury later told reporters that Mulayam discussed the party's programme to be organised at block level from February 7 in which party leaders will highlight the work done by the government.
Involving youths in the party and organising training sessions for them were also discussed at length at the day- long meet here, he added.
Addressing the meet, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav alleged that "step-motherly" treatment was being meted out to the state by the Centre.
"The Centre is meting step motherly treatment to UP. We are getting less power, the funds in various heads are not being given to us. Hurdles are being created by the Centre in developmental projets in the state. The letters to Prime Minister and ministers concerned by state ministers are not heeded to," he said.
The economic and political resolutions adopted charged BJP with maligning the image of the country with its communal agenda.
"By removing words like secular and socialist from Republic Day advertisement, wrong signal was sent by them (BJP). In Lok Sabha polls, people fell in BJP's trap due to its false and atrractive promises, which benefited the party and it came to power. It, however, has failed to fulfil any of the promises," it said.
The resolution praised the SP government in the state for its initiatives for common man.