Lucknow: SP leader Akhilesh Yadav is set to
take oath as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh tomorrow for the
first time, after his party gained absolute majority by
winning 224 seats in the 403-member Assembly.
Akhilesh, 38, will be the state`s youngest chief minister
and his Cabinet is likely to be a mix of youth and experience.
He, however, will have his task cut out fulfilling the
long list of promises made by his party in its poll manifesto.
Samajwadi Party had announced a slew of poll sops,
including providing laptops to intermediate pass students,
tablet computers to high-school pass outs, allowance to
unemployed youths, free treatment to patients suffering from
serious ailments and loan waivers for farmers.
Akhilesh will also have to take a call on constituting a
commission for taking legal opinion on providing reservation
to Muslims and implementing recommendations of the Ranganath
Mishra Commission and the Sachar Committee.
The SP leader has said improving law and order situation
and rooting out corruption in the state are among his top
Besides, restoration of student unions in universities and
colleges will also be a challenge for him.
Even before taking the reins of the state, the party is
under attack from Opposition parties, including outgoing Chief
Minister Mayawati, who has alleged that the law and order
situation had deteriorated following declaration of poll
results in favour of SP.