Wednesday, February 1, 2012

[ZESTCaste] We will name schools after Ambedkar, says Mulayam Singh Yadav

We will name schools after Ambedkar, says Mulayam Singh Yadav
Ashraf Jamal, TNN | Feb 1, 2012, 07.19AM IST

ALLAHABAD: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday said
that if his party was voted to power in Uttar Pradesh, he would set up
schools and hospitals on lands where parks and memorials have been
built by the Mayawati government.

"We will accord Ambedkar due respect by naming schools and colleges
after him which we intend to build on the lands which Mayawati had
captured in places like Lucknow and Noida for building these parks and
memorials," Yadav said addressing an election rally on the sprawling K
P Grounds here. Stating that the BSP has ignored the interests of the
farmers in the state who constituted about 72% of the population,
Yadav said, "The moment my government comes to power, I would waive
off farmers' loan upto Rs 50,000. Small traders would also benefit
under the scheme." The former chief minister also reiterated the
promise of unemployment doles and financial assistance to girls who,
after passing Class XII, opted for higher education and exhorted his
supporters to "come out in large numbers on the day of voting and help
the SP to form its government with an absolute majority".

"As soon as the SP comes to power, we will declare a number of
backward castes like Bind, Nishad, Kahar and Kol as Scheduled Castes
so that they enjoy the facilities reserved for the category and get a
better chance to improve their lot," the SP supremo a Speaking about
the "plight" of Muslims, Yadav observed that "the Sachar Commission
has rightly said that the condition of Muslims is even worse than that
of Dalits".

"In the state capital Lucknow, there are Muslims who live in tiny
hutments. Though lakhs of Muslim craftsmen are employed in building
our houses, they themselves are forced to live in inhuman condition."
He also spoke about those in the state who cannot afford high medical
expenses on heart, kidney or liver ailments and said: "Sometimes the
expenditure is as high as Rs 2 to 3 lakh, which the general public
can't afford. We have decided to provide free medical facilities to
such people." However, main attraction of the rally was the speech of
SP general secretary Azam Khan who set an instant chord with the
people when he said: "Allahabad Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb ka shahar hai,
jahan mohabbat behti hai. Yahan ki nadiyon kee dharaon mein pyar behta
hai (Allahabad is the land of Ganga-Jamuni tehzib, where the river of
love flows. The current of the rivers carry the love and affection of
the people)." He pointed out that the large gathering was a proof of
the fact that people now want a change from the corrupt Mayawati
government. "The people have become fed up of the government as every
section of the society, including students, women, the poor and small
traders have been exploited during the present regime."

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