Samajwadi Party Govt completes 3 years in office Sunday

Amid allegations and counter claims, the Akhilesh Yadav-led SP government, which rode to power in 2012 Uttar Pradesh assembly election replacing BSP, will complete three years in the office Sunday.

PTI| Last Updated: Mar 14, 2015, 22:28 PM IST

Lucknow: Amid allegations and counter claims, the Akhilesh Yadav-led SP government, which rode to power in 2012 Uttar Pradesh assembly election replacing BSP, will complete three years in the office Sunday.

While the ruling SP claimed that the last three years were glorious and historical, the opposition slammed it alleging that instead of heading towards development, the state went into the direction of destruction and the government was not even worthy of one point.

SP's state spokesman and cabinet minister Rajendra Chaudhary claimed that during SP's rule the state has marched ahead on the path of development and the party fulfilled promises made in its election manifesto.

He said that CM Akhilesh launched schemes for all sections of the society and the future generation would remember him for the good results borne out of them.

Chaudhary said that whether it is farmers, poor or minorities, the government worked for all sections of the society.

He said the CM made a revolutionary initiative like Lucknow metro, police reform, basic structure development, infrastructure facilities, investment and education sector, which would benefit the entire state.

The claims made by the ruling SP were slammed by the opposition parties.

BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said the challenges which government had when it assumed the office exist even today.

He alleged that law and order was a big challenge at the time when SP came to power and it still exists as people, specially women were feeling insecure.

"In the last three years, the challenges have instead increased manifold," he said.

Pathak said there were several words of warnings from SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav for his own party's government, but it seemed that his people ignored them.

"Mulayam had been saying that ministers were more interested in miniting money and were weakening the government, but the party and the government followed the old path," he alleged.

The BJP spokesman said this government was not worth of giving even a single number out of 10.

"The government talked big about investment, but it was not visible on the ground. Promises were made, seminars and meetings were held, but nothing concrete happened on the investment front," he alleged.

Pathak said that any investor has three priorities - security of his investment, his own security and market security and the government failed in providing all these three.

Industry body ASSOCHAM, however, differ on the efforts and achivements of Akhilesh governmet in industrial sector.

ASSOCHAM's secretary general D K Rawat D S Rawat said that though the government took a year to get into the things, but growth rate of the state increased in the second and third year.

He said that the state has achieved the growth rate of around 8.5 per cent, which was above the national average.

Though, Rawat said the government needed to put extra effort on law and order front.

"Unfortunately, the Akhilesh government still needs to take firm decisions, specially on law and order front. Some industries are complaining that police are not implementing the law as they are supposed to do. Despite this, the state has attracted investment," he said.

He said that interest of foreign investors in UP has increased and they were ready to invest, specially in agriculture, education, health and retail sectors.

Meanwhile, UPPCC president Nirmal Khatri alleged that the people of the state, who gave mandate to SP, were feeling cheated.

He alleged that after Congress whichever government came to power followed the policy of "loot and merry" and Akhilesh government was no exception.

Khatri alleged that there was nothing like government left in the state and law and order has hit rock bottom where rape, murder, dacoity and loot have become the order of the day.

RLD national general secretary Anil Dubey alleged that three-years of SP rule were disappointing for the people, who brought the party into power with high hopes.

He alleged that not a single promise made in SP's election manifesto was fulfilled.