30 January, Etah
Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav has claimed that the wave in support of the SP-Congress alliance was blowing across the state and BSP and BJP were nowhere in the contest.
He said the Samajwadi Party will form the next Government in the state and it will be a great honour for Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is the philosopher and guide of the party.Akhilesh Yadav addressed election meetings in Etah and Kasganj district today, considered to be the bastions of the Samajwadi party.
In all the meetings, the dais was splattered with the posters carrying the photographs of the Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi and Dimple Yadav, Kannauj MP and wife of the Chief Minister. In both the districts the Congress leaders attended the meeting. “There is no challenge before the Samajwadi Party in the elections as the `Haathi’ (election symbol of BSP) is no position to challenge the `Cycle’ (election symbol of the SP) and same is the position of `Kamal’ (election symbol of the BJP) which is already on the distant third position,” said Akhilesh Yadav.
Referring to recent upheavals in the party Akhilesh Yadav said, “We saved the party and also the election symbol, now with your support we wish to carry forward the movement of Samajwadi in UP so vote the party for another five year term for all round development of the state”. “We are contesting the election to form the Government in UP. I do not see any contest in the elections as the strength of the Samajwadi Party has tremendously increased after forging an alliance with the Congress and has also boosted the morale of the rank and file of the Samajwadi Party,”said Akhilesh Yadav addressing the meeting at the Ggovernment inter college ground in Etah.
Reiterating that there is no challenge before the SP in the elections Akhilesh Yadav said, “polling in the first phase of the elections on February 11 would show which party would form the next government in the state”. He said the BSP did nothing for the state except installing the stone statue of the elephants and the BJP; despite being in power at the Center for the last three years has nothing to show to the people as to what they did for the development of the state in last three years.
Samajwadi Party is also grappling with the rebellion from the party leaders in Etah district. SP has denied ticket to Ashish Yadav, sitting MLA from Etah city seat, which is in the fray as Lok Dal candidate. Ashish Yadav is the son of Ramesh Yadav, Chairman of UP Legislative Council.
Canvassing support for the SP candidate Jogendra Singh Yadav, SP president said, “we honoured them by giving them the exalted office of the chairman of the Legislative council. I am the member of the same House. Now they are not with the party, it’s for you to assess in this election as to who is your well wisher”.
Accusing the BJP of copying the manifesto of the Samajwadi Party Akhilesh Yadav said, “it’s good to see that they are following the path of socialism. BJP is in power at the Centre for the last three years and we hoped that they would come out with some new idea in their manifesto but they preferred to cut and paste our manifesto”.