UPA govt not cooperating with my govt: Akhilesh Yadav



Chennai: Continuing his party's efforts to drum up support for formation of a third front at the national level, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday charged the UPA government with not cooperating with his government.

"Yes, there should be a third force. We, Samajwadi Party believe that there should be a third force at the National level", he told reporters on his maiden visit to the city after taking over as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

His visit is apparently an effort to seek support for formation of the front from regional political outfits like PMK and AIADMK.

"They - Congress and BJP have not fulfilled their promises. Their policies are not pro-poor. Congress and BJP and their allies have failed on many fronts. Opportunity is there for a third force. There should be a third force", he said.

To a query on whether his party would pull out of the UPA government, Akhilesh remarked "there are good and there are bad (in relations between Samajwadi Party and Congress). We are with the government. We are co-operating with the Government. But Government is not cooperating with us. My father will take a decision (on pulling out from UPA)".

The 22-member Samajwadi Party extends outside support to the Congress-led UPA government.

During his brief visit to the city, Akhilesh Yadav inaugurated PMK's "Vanniar Youth Cultural Festival" and later called on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at the Secretariat.

Emerging from the about 30-minute long meeting with Jayalalithaa, he refused to answer queries from media persons.

Earlier at the conference, the young Chief Minister from Uttar Pradesh sought to woo the youth to extend support to his party to lead the Nation. "Without your support we might not be able to get that strength (of leading a nation)", he said.

He condemned the rape of a five-year-old girl in Delhi, saying, "safety of women should be the priority. Whichever government is there, there has to be strong action against those committing crimes against women. It should be the priority of the government."

On maintaining law and order in his home state, Akhilesh Yadav said, "We have been very strict. (My) Government has taken strong steps. I assure you on the issue of Law and Order, we are not compromising on anything".

Referring to industry bodies CII and FICCI holding conferences led by Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, he said, "FICCI and CII have chosen their Prime Ministerial candidates. But it is for backward sections to decide the candidate (to lead a nation)".

On whether the PMK would join hands with Samajwadi Party in Tamil Nadu for next year's Lok Sabha Polls, he remarked "we are very weak here. We are not a strong party. We have to strengthen our party".

PTI