‘They and MLAs have not even read party’s brief manifesto’

Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh, who has been reviewing the performance of his son, Akhilesh Yadav’s government, on Saturday said he would not hesitate to take action against inept ministers. Mr. Singh said he had been holding regular “panchayats” (party meetings) for monitoring the performance of the ministers, and getting feedback about the working of government departments from the elected representatives and SP office-bearers. He would not flinch from taking action at the appropriate time.

The SP chief was addressing a function to mark free distribution of motorised rickshaws. The scheme was launched by the Chief Minister at his official residence here.

Mr. Singh expressed anguish that ministers and MLAs had not read the SP’s Assembly election manifesto which, he said, was brief and ran to only 24 pages. Its implementation was “political dharma” for the party, and the promises should be fulfilled in two years. It “would be an incentive if implementation of the manifesto benefited the party in the 2014 Lok Sabha poll,” Mr. Singh said, clearly indicating that he had set his sights on the forthcoming battle.

Welcoming the countrywide debate on corruption, Mr. Singh said it was a good sign and expressed the optimism that fruitful results would follow. “ Himmat karni padegi (courage has to be shown).” He counselled the Ministers to fight against corruption.

On the motorised rickshaw scheme, the Chief Minister said it would help the poor as many rickshawmen could not afford to buy a vehicle in their lifetime.

Urban Development Minister Mohammad Azam Khan said steps would be taken to end the operation of manual rickshaws.

There are 2.38 lakh registered rickshawmen in the State.

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