Renewing his attack on the Congress, Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh on Thursday said the Lok Sabha elections would be held in November and that it would be a Third Front government at the Centre.
Addressing party workers here, Mr. Singh said neither a BJP nor Congress-led coalition government would be formed.
Taking potshots at the Congress, he said the hue and cry over law and order in Uttar Pradesh was part of a “conspiracy.”
“The population of U.P. is ten times more than that of Delhi but the crime rate in Delhi is ten times more than in U.P., yet no mention has been made of this fact.”
Earlier, during his visit to his village Saifai on the occasion of Holi on Wednesday, the SP president described the Congress as a dhoka dene waali party (a party which has “cheated” the people).
Meanwhile, amid the ongoing political slugfest, Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram is arriving here on Friday to inaugurate 300 new bank branches. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will preside over the function.
The move is likely to give an impetus to the banking sector, according to an official spokesman. Uttar Pradesh needs at least 3,000 new bank branches to be at par with the national average of banks per capita population ratio.
Accordingly, 300 branches are proposed to be opened this month, followed by 450 in June, 600 in September, 750 in December and 900 in March 2014. In keeping with the State government's emphasis on rural development, priority would be given for setting up branches in the 1,598 villages under the Ram Manohar Lohia Samagra Gram Vikas Yojana (Ram Manohar Lohia Integrated Rural Development Scheme), the spokesman said.