LUCKNOW: Former President Rahul Gandhi is currently busy in releasing 2,500km yatra in UP. On the other hand, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday alleged that, ”Rahul Gandhi is a good human being and we can forge a "friendship" if he spends more time in the state.”
The Uttar Pradesh Assemly polls will be held next year. Akhilesh has raised a question on possible association between Congress and the Samajwadi Party.
"Rahulji bahut acche insan hain, bahut acche ladke hain. UP me jyada rahenge to hamari bhi dosti unse hogi…do acche log mil jaye to kya kharab baat hai? (Rahul is a good human being and a good boy. If he spends more time in UP, we can also have friendship with him…If two good human beings meet, what's wrong in that)," he said.
'Kisan Mahayatra' has begun in the state in which Rahul Gandhi is violently attacking Centre while Prime Minister Narendra Modi have taken only veiled dig at the SP government in the state.
Akhilesh Yadav said, "Aap isme rajniti kyun dekh rahe hain (Why are you seeing politics in it?"
On locals carrying away cots, many on their bicycles, after Gandhi's 'Khat Panchayat', Akhilesh said, "At least the bicycle (SP's poll symbol) has some use for them…had it been taken by samajwadis, you (media) would have said samajwadi goondas took it away".
Asked about state minister Azam Khan's controversial comments on BR Ambedkar, Akhilesh said the issue should not be politicised.
"In Uttar Pradesh, elections are nearing. No one should become 'thekedar' of 'mahapurush' (great personalities). You should not let them become 'thekedar of mahapurush," he said.
During Cabinet Meeting, Akhilesh alleged, “It was decided to hike old age pension from Rs 300 to Rs 500 per month, formation of new nagar panchyats and construction of Acharya Narendra Dev Memorial park in Sitapur.”
Akhilesh also talked about creation of UP Yuva Niti-2016 and a policy to give free smartphones to people during the cabinet meeting.
"How to give smartphones in the days to come was discussed. Its registrations will be started soon. It (smartphones) will help reduce distance and information will reach fast in rural areas," he said.
"It is being felt that information regarding government schemes and policies did not reach people. Giving smartphones will help in governance," he said.
Over 30,000 BPED passouts who are working on honorarium in government schools will be given laptops by CM Akhilesh Yadav.