President Akhilesh Yadav
on Friday launched a scathing attack against the Narendra Modi-led BJP
government saying the Gujarat model had utterly failed in the country.
Referring to the reforms undertaken by the Modi government, including demonetisation
and the goods and services Tax (GST), Yadav said the Centre’s policies had only spelt trouble for all the sections of the society, including traders and the common man.
“The routine tweaking in the GST
rates and regulations indicate the fiasco of the system. There is a bleak possibility that the traders would get any respite from the troubles facing them,” he said while addressing the media in Lucknow on Friday afternoon.
The former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh
accused the Centre-ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of failing on its electoral promises. The BJP
had promised to develop new cities during the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha election, he said, while adding: “Then, during the 2017 UP assembly polls, the party changed its slogan for smart cities. Yet, no groundwork has so far been done to deliver their promise.”
Yadav went on to say that the BJP
was only befooling the masses by making empty promises in its manifesto for the upcoming UP civic polls.
Training his guns on the Adityanath
government, Yadav claimed the law and order situation in the state was deteriorating day-by-day, even as people continued to brave difficulties posed by demonetisation
The SP president also raised farmer issues
saying: “The state’s cold storages are filled with unsold potatoes, since the state farmers have not been able to sell them for remunerative prices. The sugarcane payments are also due.”
Akhilesh further backed his tenure as CM saying his government was had achieved the feat of completing the mega Agra-Lucknow Expressway project within 23 months.
“I challenge the Adityanath
government to launch the Purvanchal Expressway project and complete it within 23 months,” he said while adding: “BJP
is the ruling party at the Centre and UP. Therefore, they would probably not face funding challenges.”
He criticised the Adityanath
government for allegedly putting a spanner in the various development projects for vested political interests.
“My government had made good progress with the proposed metro rail projects in Kanpur and Varanasi. However, the present dispensation rescinded these advancements. I am confident that except for the Lucknow Metro
project, which we had launched, none of the other metro projects would make much progress in UP,” he added.
The UP youth were joining the SP in large numbers, claimed Yadav.