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Secular Third front will emerge, says Akhilesh

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday asserted that a Secular Third Front would emerge to mitigate the woes of the people in the face of falling Rupee, rising prices and unemployment.

‘The country is looking at Samajwadi Party and other secular leaders. We are optimistic that a secular Third Front will emerge soon to challenge the Congress and BJP, and address the problems of the people of all sections of the society,’ Yadav said, addressing the Samajwadi Party’s Jharkhand unit convention here.

To back his assertion, Yadav mentioned various schemes of the government like those of laptops, cycles, Kishan Bima and free higher education for girls from poor families. Yadav also claimed that an industrial environment has been created in the state.

Urging the partymen in Jharkhand to garner support for the SP in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections, he accused the Congress of breaking all barriers of corruption.

Blaming Congress for the present economic condition, he sought to know whether there was a proper mechanism in place for implementation of the Food Security Bill.

Meanwhile, with the Samajwadi Party’s failed attempts at entering the Jharkhand Assembly, despite the state witnessing nine governments in 13 years,  Yadav on Thursday expressed confidence that it would do it in the next elections.

‘We have been trying for long, and even got votes. But we did not open account (in the assembly),’ Yadav said on the party’s initiative to have its presence in Jharkhand.

‘But now I can see the enthusiasm here, and am confident of Samajwadi Party doing well in Jharkhand,’ Yadav said, while announcing names of a few candidates for the next assembly and Lok Sabha elections from the state.

He said the SP would contest the Koderma Assembly seat, an RJD bastion represented by Water Resources Minister Annapurna Devi in the assembly.

Yadav termed unfortunate Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren’s request for a special status to the state being turned down by the Centre.

 ‘It is unfortunate that the Centre rejected Jharkhand’s request, even though it (Congress) is in the government in the state,’ Yadav added.
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