No one can compete with us on development: Akhilesh
In an apparent dig at the BJP, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said, ‘some parties’ were planning not to make ‘development’ a poll plank in the 2017 state Assembly election as they had ‘nothing to claim’ on this front.
"I have been told that some parties, which came to power on the development plank, are planning to ensure that it is not an election issue (this time around) as they have nothing to tell the people on this front," he said at a programme organised to mark Gandhi Jayanti here.
"Suppose, the people of Lucknow ask them (about development), what would they say? They cannot take credit for the metro, expressway, riverfront or the Janeshwar Misra project in the state capital," said the SP leader.
"They must, therefore, be thinking about some other issue. There is a need for all of us to remain cautious of any such conspiracy," he said.
Stating that his government had worked for the "all-round" development of Uttar Pradesh in a "balanced" way, Akhilesh claimed that no one could compete on the issue of development with the Samajwadi Party (SP) government.
Referring to the previous Mayawati government as "patharwali sarkar", he alleged that the BSP too did nothing else than looting the state. The Mayawati government had faced criticism for constructing a large number of stone memorials with elephants, BSP's election symbol, many of which had statues of the chief minister.
Maintaining that the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi were still relevant, Akhilesh said if the country earnestly followed the path shown by him, it would have "no competitor".