Niwari (Madhya Pradesh), November 15 (Language) Samajwadi Party (SP) President Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday claimed that a “wave of change” is visible in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled Madhya Pradesh. He criticized the ruling party for making “false promises” to voters to retain power.
Attacking his ally Congress in the opposition alliance ‘India’, Yadav said that when the Congress led the government at the Centre, it did not implement the recommendations of the Mandal Commission.
He said that a wave of change is going on in Madhya Pradesh and SP candidates are going to win the elections by a record margin.
The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister was addressing an election rally on the last day of campaigning for the November 17 assembly elections to garner support for his party’s candidate from Niwari, Meira Yadav.
The SP has fielded 71 candidates in Madhya Pradesh, which has a 230-member assembly, after failing to reach a pre-poll pact with the Congress, the largest constituent of the opposition alliance ‘Indian National Democratic Inclusive Alliance’ (‘India Alliance’).
He said, “Congress and BJP formed governments in Madhya Pradesh but people remained unhappy. Congress could not save its MLAs from looting. BJP looted them.
Yadav was referring to the fall of the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in March 2020 following the rebellion of a section of party MLAs, paving the way for the BJP’s return to power in MP after 15 months.
He targeted the ruling BJP for not fulfilling its promises.
The SP leader questioned, “BJP promised to provide jobs to the youth, farmers were told that their income would double and they would get fair price for their produce. Has BJP fulfilled its promises?
The former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh alleged that the BJP government (at the Centre) implemented demonetisation (in 2016) and then indulged in corruption by reprinting them (notes).
He said that BJP has failed to stop rising inflation and is engaged in lying only to get votes.
He asked why it was claimed that demonetisation would benefit farmers and curb corruption. Did this happen?
Yadav said, “It is unfortunate that Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in Madhya Pradesh are not getting 27 percent reservation in government jobs and education despite constituting more than half of the state’s population.”
He claimed that if SP gets a chance to form the government, it will conduct caste-based census in Madhya Pradesh and ensure that backward communities get reservation according to their population.
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