Speaking on the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, he emphasised on the need to preserve the values of freedom.
"On August 9, 1942, Mahatma Gandhi gave the clarion call of 'Quit India' and samajwadis took part in the movement with great enthusiasm. It is the responsibility of the new generation of samajwadis to fulfil the dream of 'suraaj' (good governance), which Mahatma Gandhi had dreamt of. It is our duty to preserve the values of freedom," the SP chief said here.
The SP is observing the day as "Desh bachao, Desh banao" diwas.
"The BJP government has cheated the farmers. The crop loan waiver and doubling their income have remained a promise. Both, the poor and the farmers are in trouble," a party statement quoted the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh as saying.
He also criticised the Centre's GST and demonetisation steps.
"Public is facing trouble due to price rise while youngsters are worried because of unemployment. The slogan of Swachh Bharat (Clean India) will be realised only when politics will be cleansed," the SP leader said.
"There is deterioration in law and order situation in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The education and health sector is also going down. Women are feeling insecure and there is fear among minorities," he added.
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