Akhilesh reaches out to MPs from UP to lobby with Centre
Lucknow, May 2 (PTI) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today reached out to MPs from the state, seeking their cooperation in getting "maximum help" from the Centre to ensure speedy development. "The chief minister has written a letter to all the MPs from the state seeking their help in getting policy decisions in the state's favour reminding them as to how the state which used to be the leading state in the country has lagged behind in the field of development in the recent past", an official spokesman said here. While Congress and Yadav's Samajwadi Party have 22 MPs each from UP, BSP has 20, BJP 10 and RLD five. The chief minister said that ever since his government has been formed, development has been given momentum, the spokesman said adding that resources were necessary for development and it was imperative that maximum finacial help is acquired from the Centre and it be properly utilised. Noting that he has already apprised the Prime Minister about the specific problems confronting the state, Yadav said at his level he has also made a demand for financial help for different schemes as well as some policy decisions so that better development could be ensured. The chief minister exuded confidence that if the Centre provided the help sought by the state, its allround development would be ensured. Stressing that MPs have an important role to play in the development of the state, the chief minister said that he hoped that they would lend their help in this task. The letter states agriculture, power, infrastructure development, urban and rural development, social welfare and tourism as priority areas, the spokesman said.