New Delhi: At Zee News' India Ka DNA Conclave, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav highlighted the work done by his party for the development of Uttar Pradesh under his leadership. "There has been a lot of development and the biggest example is the Lucknow-Agra expressway where IAF can land its aircraft," the former chief minister said.
He exuded confidence that Mahagathbandhan will give a new government to the country. "Mahagathbandhan will give a new government and a new PM to the country. All opposition parties are working to ensure wins in the maximum number of seats," he said. However, he stopped short of sharing the plans for the national election saying: "Why should we explain what we plan do? BJP will copy it."
He said that he has joined hands with Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party for the welfare of the people. "We have learnt this from BJP, they have 40 allies across the country. SP has two allies and we have a scope for 38 more," he said. "SP workers support the BSP and vice versa. We will ensure the win of our alliance. Our votes will be transferable, hence both SP and BSP will benefit from the alliance," the former CM added.
He took jibes at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for reading out his speech from a teleprompter during rallies, Akhilesh said, "I do not need a teleprompter. I can talk about the development work by my government without any help."
"During the recent rally in Meerut, the PM did not speak about any development work related to Uttar Pradesh. Even the chief minister (Yogi Adiyanath) in his Ghaziabad rally did not talk about any achievement," he added.
He also took potshots at the Congress, saying that they too are copying the schemes launched by the SP government. "Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra can work on their strategy. BJP is just copying schemes launched by the SP government. Even Congress is doing the same. SP-BSP-RLD will decimate the BJP in UP," he said.
He added that in the upcoming national election, Mulayam Singh Yadav will register his "biggest win from Mainpuri," the parliamentary constituency he represented before Azamgarh.
Talking highly of his father while hitting out at the BJP, he said: "IAF's best aircraft Sukhoi was bought when Mulayam Singh Yadav was the defence minister. BJP has done what it had to do. Now the 2019 election will have a new winner and a new prime minister," he said. Mulayam served as the Minister of Defence from 1996 to 1998 in the United Front government.
Speaking about his father's last speech in Parliament where he said that Modi will come back to power, Akhilesh said: "Mulayam Singh Yadav's last speech in Parliament was about courtesy and etiquette. As per the tradition, he gave his best wishes to PM Modi. He had also wished the best to Manmohan Singh in 2014. But did Manmohan Singh win?"