Hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to lay the foundation stone for the Purvanchal Expressway, former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav today sought to take the wind out of his sails by claiming it was his own government's project which was being relaunched.
Sharma said by claiming credit for the projects being implemented by "the government of the day", Yadav was insulting the development work itself.
Attacking the BJP, Akhilesh Yadav said the specifications of the project had been lowered by the current government.
We used to claim that even if you move at 120 kmph, a glass of water will not spill on you, he said.
"When the land was being acquired from farmers, they had given it without any agitation, understanding the need for development, he said.
"The SP had wanted to construct a six-lane, expandable to eight lanes, Purvanchal Expressway. This will remain six-lane and will not be expanded. Unlike the Agra-Lucknow Expressway which can be expanded, the Purvanchal Expressway cannot be expanded," he said.
The SP chief said there would be no service lanes under the new project, and there is no streetlight.
"The BJP people can do anything to lower the costs. The roads are being constructed under PWD standards. Who will construct the toilets? The SP had built amenities which could cater to the passengers of two buses simultaneously," he said.
Yadav said the BJP could do anything to stay in power, whether it was speaking lies or deceiving people. Only the BJP government had the immense courage to claim someone else's project as their own without any remorse, he added.
The foundation stone of the Samsung mobile factory was laid by us. Imagine, the foundation stone of the factory which was laid by (senior SP leader) Rajendra Chaudhary is now being inaugurated by the prime minister," he said.
The same thing happened with the perfumery park in Kannauj, he said.
"I had earlier said that 'kaam boltaa hai' (work speaks for itself) and still reiterate that the SP's 'kaam' speaks, he said.
He drew comparisons between the cost of expressways constructed by the BJP government and the one headed by him.
"The SP had constructed an expressway in 19 months. Show that this expressway can be made in 17-18 months, he challenged.
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