Published On:28 March 2012
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

ANALYSIS: The road ahead is not smooth for Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh

By Mohammad Shahid Parvez

Lucknow: As the euphoria over the young SP youth icon Akhilesh Yadav taking over the reins of power in the state dies expectations of the people with the new government rise. It is now time for the new Chief Minister to act to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of the people who overwhelmingly supported the party in the elections. Well aware of the people’s aspirations the SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, while addressing party workers on the birth anniversary of Ram Manohar Lohia, said that the party government would implement all the promises made in the election manifesto within a year. 

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav while thanking the people on the occasion for reposing faith in his party reiterated his resolve to do whatever it takes to live up to their expectations. Earlier Akhilesh in his customery press conference after taking oath of office had vowed to weed out corruption from the state and fulfill all the promises made in the party manifesto. And true to his word the cabinet in its first meeting the same evening cleared unemployment allowance of Rs1000 per month to all those unemployed who have crossed the age of 35, tablets and laptops to those who have passed classes 10 and 12 respectively and a special incentive of Rs.30000 to all Muslim girls who pass class 10, besides fencing of all Muslim graveyards in the state. The cabinet also decided to restore students unions in higher educational institutions.

These announcements, in accordance with the party’s election manifesto, are a welcome step but the real challenge before the new government is the law and order and corruption for which, as Mulayam said ‘discipline among party workers’ was a must. The SP supremo warned the workers ‘People have voted SP to power only because they feel that our party workers will not repeat the mistakes they had committed earlier. If the party workers do not realize this and misbehave, then we will be voted out in the next elections,’ he said. The elder Yadav while advising Akhilesh to hold traditional janata Darbar said that he planned to introduce a single window system to address the grievances of the party workers. With a view to reining in the party workers and leaders and inculcating a sense of discipline among them the party leadership has formulated guidelines to be followed by all partymen.

The ‘Goonda Raj’ image of the party’s last government headed by Mulayam Singh Yadav still haunts the party and it is trying hard to get rid of it. It is this desire that prompted Akhilesh as party’s state unit chief to take action against dozen of party activists for creating ruckus at swearing in ceremony of the new Chief Minister and involvement in other incidents of violence after the declaration of poll results. And it is the same desire that has compelled Mulayam to devise these measures to inculcate discipline among his workers. From the day the election results were declared SP leadership is making all efforts to refurbish the image of the party and prove worthy of the faith the electorate has reposed in it.

But it is easier said than done. Some times political compulsions and personal equations come in the way and promises and principles are forgotten as is demonstrated in the formation of the Akhilesh Yadav ministry. The people of the state expected the new Chief Minister, a youth icon, to induct new blood and uncorrupted leaders into his team. But to their dismay they saw the same familiar faces that were the part of the last SP government headed by Mulayam Singh Yadav in Akhilesh’s ministry. Raja Bhaiyya, who did not even contest on the SP ticket and several other tainted leaders found place in the cabinet despite Akhilesh’s promise that no such leaders would be given place in the government. There are at least twenty-eight ministers in the Akhilesh cabinet against whom cases ranging from minor to heinous crimes like exhortion, kidnapping and murder are pending in courts. Akhilesh’s career, no doubt is spotless and unblamish but to expect from him a clean politics with this rotten ministry will be expecting too much.

Then some of the sops cleared by the cabinet in its first meeting are not very convincing. The restoration of students unions in higher educational institutions will only vitiate the academic atmosphere if it is done without implementing the recommendations of the Lyngdoh Committee. Again the tablets and laptops announced for students show the misplaced priority of the new government. When half of the children in the state are suffering from malnutrition and drop out of school after Class 8 due to poverty it is cruel joke to give them computers. As UP is infamous for mass copying and fake certificates, the real beneficiaries of the scheme will be the companies that will supply these devices.

The real test of the government will be at the implementation stage. If all the sops promised in the manifesto are implemented it will incur an expenditure of Rs.66000 crores. The state exchequer already in deficit of Rs, 19000 crore, from where the money comes? The Samajwadi Party or the government has not announced any scheme to generate this amount. If the government goes for borrowing it would mean an extra burden of Rs. 66,000 crore on the exchequer. However, if insiders in the party are to be believed the party is thinking of taking help of some industrialists. To prove their point the insiders cite the presence of Ambani and Subrat Roy Sahara at Akhilesh’s swearing in ceremony function. If this happens it would not be good either for the state or the Samajwadi Party itself. Thus the road ahead is not so smooth for Akhilesh Yadav.

[Mohammad Shahid Parvez is former News Editor, National Herald, Lucknow. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Uttar Pradesh). He can be contacted at mshahidparvez@gmail.com]

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