Akhilesh promises to fight corruption
Aniruddha Ghosal, TNN | Feb 24, 2012, 03.07AM IST
GREATER NOIDA (DANKAUR): Akhilesh Yadav did not ride a cycle on his
latest visit to the Gautam Budh Nagar. However, he was quick to point
out that his mode of transportation may have changed to a helicopter,
but the issues remained the same. "I had previously come to the
district on a cycle to protest against Mayawati's corruption but my
determination to fight it hasn't changed," Akhilesh said while
referring to his 'cycle yatra' from Noida to Agra in 2011 in protest
against Mayawati's excessive spending.
While speaking about development and the corruption of the Mayawati
government, the SP leader said he promised the farmers who had lost
their land to 'forced' land acquisition in the area justice and
development, adding that he was one of them. "The land of Uttar
Pradesh gave birth to me and I understand the pain of the farmers.
Once land is gone, it is lost forever. There are farmers whose cases
are pending in courts and with this government in power they will
never get justice. If you vote SP to power, there will be no forceful
land acquisition and farmers will get six times the circle rate as
compensation if the land is acquired for development," promised Yadav.
Addressing a huge rally in Jaypee Sports City in Greater Noida,
Akhilesh accused the BSP government of cheating the farmers and those
living in rural areas while minting money in the name of development.
"Mayawati promised an airport in the district, but where is it? The
villages still have the same problems and the government has been
behaving like a property dealing agency," said the SP 'yuvraj'.
Akhilesh, who openly admitted that he wants to attract votes on the
lines of development and not merely caste equations, was quick to
point out the unemployment issue. "Once we come back to power, we hope
to bring back the big industrialists to help the state's economy grow
and create more jobs for everyone. There are many projects that have
been stalled as a result of bad governance," he said, citing the Dadri
power plant as an example.
SP's list of promises weren't limited to the farmers, but also to the
policemen who had come as a part of the security task force. "The
issues of the police in the district will also be addressed once we
come to power," he said.
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