Senior Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Singh Yadav: "As kids, Akhilesh Yadav and (local MP) Dharmendra Yadav have played in my lap. I looked after them and got them married but the new generation does not listen to anyone,"
During a meeting at party headquarters, Akhilesh said that due to the opposition's charges of nepotism against his party, his wife would not be contesting the election.
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today slammed the BJP over reports of damage to the bungalow vacated by him in the state capital, terming it as a "conspiracy".
Akhilesh said his party was open to compromising and contesting from select seats if that is what it takes to win against the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections next year
Pictures and video clips showed damage to a cycle track, on walls after air-conditioners seemed to have been removed and to the floor of what seemed to be a badminton court at the bungalow.
"We have no problems with 'one nation one election'. I ask them (BJP) to implement it from 2019 itself and hold UP Assembly and Lok Sabha elections together," he told a press conference
An Uttar Pradesh panel has recommended simultaneous polls to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies, echoing a suggestion by the Law Commission of India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's own view on the issue.
The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister's remark come amid reports that the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is demanding 40 out of the total 80 seats in the state for the next year general elections.
Akhilesh Yadav also claimed that people of not just Uttar Pradesh but the entire country were upset with the BJP which apart from making promises had done "nothing else".
During an interview with PTI, he claimed that the people of not only Uttar Pradesh, but of the entire country was upset with the BJP as other than making promises it "did nothing else".
"Complaints in large numbers have been received of EVMs and VVPAT developing snags in areas where SP and RLD have good influence during yesterday's polling...it seems as if this has been done as part of a design," the SP chief told newspersons here.
"The BJP is misusing the Uttar Pradesh police, which is inflicting torture on the people of the state and creating fear among them. The Samajwadi Party is not only raising questions, but also telling other opposition parties that the government is continuously engaged in fake encounters," the SP chief told reporters here.
Hitting out at the BJP, Yadav, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister praised Rao's efforts and said only the regional parties could "stop" the saffron party which has "not fulfilled" its promises in the past four years of its rule. Rao said the platform being proposed by him is not a mere forum of political parties.""
Claiming that the people of the state were living in fear and feeling insecure, Akhilesh said, "After the (Allahabad) High Court's observation, it is proved that law-and-order has collapsed in the state. The governor should take suo motu congnizance and recommend President's Rule in Uttar Pradesh."
Yadav accused the Yogi Adityanath government of "lying and hoodwinking people" about projects launched by the previous SP government.
Yadav also accused the Yogi Adityanath regime of "speaking lies and hoodwinking the people" about the projects launched by the previous SP government.
By some queer stroke of luck or may be design, Behenji nominated Bhim Rao Ambedkar to take on the SP from Lakhna in 2007. If politics is about perception and messaging, then Mayawati succeeded in doing precisely that by winning comfortable majority in the state and getting Ambedkar elected from Mulayam’s bastion.
Yesterday, in a scene which seemed unimaginable only till the recent past, Yadav had rushed to the residence of the BSP supremo shortly after his candidates emerged victorious and thanked her.
The ballot paper system was the best way of voting, the SP leader said, adding that it helped the people air their anger.
What transpired at the meeting was not immediately known, but party insiders believed the two leaders discussed a grand alliance ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Replying to a question, Akhilesh Yadav said 'netaji' Mulayam Singh Yadav will contest the polls from Mainpuri.
"The BJP men are best in diverting the attention of the people. The judges had raised a serious matter yesterday and today they (government) raided someone's residence," he said.
"Noida jinx" is a superstitious belief among political parties and chief ministers in UP that a person who goes to Noida during his or her chief ministership loses the next elections
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The 302-km Lucknow-Agra expressway, the longest in the country, will have two toll plazas — one each at Lucknow and Agra side and will be operated by the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority