Even as SP president renews his attack on the Congress
Even as Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh renewed his attack on the Congress, word came in from New Delhi on Thursday that Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram is arriving in Lucknow on Friday to inaugurate 300 new bank branches. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will preside over the function. Notwithstanding the Samajwadi Party chief's verbal assault on the Congress, an official spokesman has described the proposed inauguration of 300 bank branches as a “historic development”.
Stating that the Lok Sabha elections would be held in November, Mr. Singh reiterated on Thursday that the next government at the Centre will be that of the Third Front.
Addressing party workers at the Samajwadi Party headquarters here, Mr. Singh was emphatic that neither a Bharatiya Janata Party nor a Congress-led coalition government will be formed. Taking pot-shots at the Congress, the SP president said the hue and cry over the law and order situation 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 higher than in U.P., yet no mention is made of this fact,” he added.
After a day-long visit to his native village Saifai on the occasion of Holi on Wednesday, Mr. Singh was greeted by party workers and several Muslim religious leaders at the SP headquarters here on Thursday. Lauding the performance of the Akhilesh Yadav government, Mr. Singh exhorted the party workers to create public awareness about the achievements of the government in order to belie the accusations of the Opposition parties.
In Saifai, the SP president digressed from the festivities associated with the “festival of colours” to slam the Congress, describing it as a “dhoka dene waali party” (a party which has cheated the people).
Defending his claim about formation of the Third Front government, Mr. Singh said neither the Congress nor the BJP will get a majority in the Lok Sabha polls.
Spelling out his intentions, he asked the workers to ensure that the Samajwadi Party wins the maximum number of seats and plays an important role in the formation of the next government.
Meanwhile, in the backdrop of the ongoing political slugfest the Union Finance Minister is set to inaugurate 300 new bank branches on Friday.
The move is likely to give an impetus to the banking sector and increase the ratio of banks to that of population in the State, an official spokesman said on Thursday. U.P. needs at least 3,000 new bank branches to come at par with the national average of banks per capita population ratio.
Accordingly, 300 new bank branches are proposed to be opened in March 2013, followed by 450 new branches in June, 600 in September, 750 in December and another 900 in March 2014. In accordance with the State Government's emphasis on developing the rural areas, priority for setting up new bank branches would be given to the 1,598 villages under the Ram Manohar Lohia Samagra Gram Vikas Yojana (Ram Manohar Lohia Integrated Rural Development Scheme), the spokesman added.
Priority would also be given to development blocks with a predominantly minority population and villages with a population of 2,000. The State Government has offered infrastructural support to the new bank branches.
The district magistrates have been asked to provide space in the Panchayat buildings and take assistance from the Panchayat Raj Department.
Mulayam says hue and cry over the U.P. law and order situation is part of a “conspiracy” “Lok Sabha elections will be held in November and Third Front will form the next Govt.”
Mulayam says hue and cry over the U.P. law and order situation is part of a “conspiracy”
“Lok Sabha elections will be held in November and Third Front will form the next Govt.”