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SP manifesto: Akhilesh shuns populism, seeks pro-development image

Fewer freebies this time; focus now is on smart villages, start-ups, single window and such like

Virendra Singh Rawat  |  Lucknow 

The 2017 election manifesto of the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh seeks to establish Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s credentials as a development-oriented youth leader rather than one yielding to populism. SP’s current manifesto, which was released in Lucknow recently, is a far cry from its 2012 election statement, which had then deliberately sought to shed its perceptible anti-English and anti-computer image by promising populist doles such as free laptops and tablets to students. Its 2017 manifesto talks about ‘smart village’, ...

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First Published: Tue, January 24 2017. 15:25 IST
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