As soon as power came into their hands, the guise and attitude of the Samajwadi Party (SP) changed. The SP Chief and other leaders and members of the party started ‘blaming’ the person and the organisations that raise their fingers against their ‘Mukhiya’ and Chief Minister. The ‘Samajwadians’ want that whatever they want to do, whatever decision they make, no questions should be raised against them. The ‘Samajwadians’ want to rule the Government like Mayawati did. The ego of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo was the reason for her failure, but it seems the SP also wants to commit suicide by following in the footsteps of the BSP. Mayawati dishonoured the emotions of the people by wasting money on stones. Akhilesh Yadav, instead of development of the State, is more concerned with the development of the areas from where his powerful leaders have won. All the development schemes are being implemented for VIP Parliamentary areas like Etawah, Kannauj, Mainpuri and Firozabad. Preferences are also given to Saifai — Mulayam Singh Yadav’s village, and Rampur, Vidhan Sabha area of Azam Khan. Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Urban Development, Minority Affairs, Urban Poverty Alleviation and Haj,
and also No. 2 leader of the SP, Azam Khan said what is wrong in it? It is privilege of the Chief Minister that he can provide facilities to his favourite districts. Why don’t the people remember what has happened to Saifai and Kannauj in the last five years ? How can it be wrong to start schemes which have been stopped?
These statements of Azam Khan came during the Supplementary Budget 2012 (Rs. 5861 crores ). In November 2012, Akhilesh Yadav unveiled the Supplementary Budget 2012, but the Opposition was astonished to find that the Supplementary Budget was limited for Saifai, Kannauj and a few other areas. The BSP has dubbed the Supplementary Budget as a ‘game’ for filling pockets. Bharatiya Janata Party Leader, Hukum Singh has accused the Government of ‘concentrating’ development in three to four districts. By raising questions against the provision of more money for Etawah, Kannauj and Saifai, Hukum Singh asked : is this the definition of communalism? How can the provision of international sports facilities worth Rs. 2 crores given for 16 districts of Western Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Rs. 25 crores for only a small village like Saifai be rational? The Opposition didn’t like the spending of Rs. 50 lakhs each in the ‘Saifai Mahotsav’ and Etawah Exhibition. The Opposition has dubbed it as “sheer wastage of the hardworking earnings of the public”. The Government was also asked questions about waiving the electricity bills of power loom weavers, financial help schemes for Muslim girls, Dr. Lohia Rural Development Scheme and the Kanya Vidya Dhan Scheme. Congress leader Pradip Kumar said that the SP Government is walking in the footsteps of the previous Government. There are irregularities at the lower level which should be corrected. The BSP has said the first budget has not been approved yet due to which the developmental works have been stalled. There is no water in the canals, silt is not been cleaned, whereas money is being misused in the name of unemployment allowances and laptops-tablets. The Government claims to be pro-farmers, but the rate of sugarcanes has not been determined yet.
Mayawati dishonoured the emotions of the people by wasting money on stones. Akhilesh Yadav, instead of development of the State, is more concerned with the development of the areas from where his powerful leaders have won. All the development schemes are being implemented for VIP Parliamentary areas like Etawah, Kannauj, Mainpuri and Firozabad. Preferences are also given to Saifai Mulayam Singh Yadav’s village, and Rampur, Vidhan Sabha area of Azam Khan.
The Opposition was angry at the ruling Government, but due to lack of unity it could not create any difficulty for the Government; however there was no shortage of issues. It was also found that the political parties want to encash on a single issue according to its own calculation. Everybody wants improvement in the law and order system, all the Opposition parties are demanding the rate of sugarcane to be fixed at Rs. 400, but not in a united manner. The disunity in the Opposition was proving that leaders of all the parties were more concerned about their political interest rather than resolving the problems. The ruling Government was also found to be taking advantage of this disunity. The Government has misguided the Opposition by giving hodgepodge answers. The Government also blamed the Opposition for the communal riots. Azam Khan has referred to the riots as “the doings of the communal powers”. Azam Khan hasn’t said this for the first time. Some time ago, he has also cast doubts on the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi. His finger always remains pointed towards the BJP. It is a different matter that his Government hesitates to investigate the leaders and members of the BJP, although they claim to know everything.
The way in which the SP is running the Government, it is felt that before the completion of five years the Government may lose its credibility. Somewhere the SP Government is found to be failing and on a few occasions it also failed to impress the public. The same is happening with the promises mentioned in the manifesto of the SP for the Vidhan Sabha elections. The SP said that if their Government comes to power then Muslim girls who have passed the 10th class will be provided with Rs. 30,000 for further studies or marriage. But when the SP Government came to power, it is being said that benefits will be only provided to those families whose annual income is less than Rs. 36,000 per year. Likewise, a promise was made that the innocent Muslims youths who are in jail will be immediately released and compensation will be provided to them. But the process of release of the prisoners after the SP came in to power was surely debatable. The Government was reprimanded by the Court and the Central Government also warned it to take decisions after careful thought. Unemployment allowances were provided by putting age limitations.
The same situation may happen in the future for the distribution of laptops and tablets. At the time of waiving the taxes of the farmers up to Rs. 50,000, conditions were applied that the taxes of those farmers will be waived who have already paid 10 per cent of the tax. The public are finding themselves cheated after such announcements made by the SP Government. The only political benefit that the SP Government is getting right now is the disintegration of the Opposition parties, and that is boosting its confidence.
VIP Provisions in the Supplementary Budget 2012
- The Etawah branch of the Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur was provided with Rs. 10 crores for construction in the Engineering University and for agricultural engineering equipment.
- Under the Lohia Rural Development Scheme, Rs. 125 crores is provided for the benefit of the families whose annual income is less than Rs. 36,000.
- Rs. 126 crores for the Legislative Assembly Constituency Development Fund.
- Rs. 1,50,00,000 for the construction of Lohia House in Ambedkar Nagar.
- Rs. 25 lakhs for the construction of remnants of the Kukkut Hatchery and housing complexes in Etawah.
- Rs. 75 lakhs each for the construction of milk dairy in Budhanpur area of Azamgarh and in Kannauj, i.e. in total Rs, 1,50,00,000.
- Rs. 1 crore for the construction of cricket stadium in Kannauj.
- Rs. 1 crore for the construction of sports complex in Rampur.
- Rs. 16,40,00,000 as defamation amount for the political prisoners of the State, who are locked under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) and DIR (Defence of India Rules) during the period of Emergency (1975-1977).
- Rs. 1,50,00,000 for the maintenance of Paramedical Institute in Rural Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Saifai, Etawah.
- Rs. 50 lakhs for the construction of Paramedical Institute in Kannauj.
- Rs. 50 lakhs each for the construction of cardiac hospital and cancer hospital in the Medical College, Kannauj.
- Rs. 18,72,00,000 for the furniture and instruments in the Polytechnic colleges in Kannauj and Auraiya.
- Rs. 1 crore for the pension payment of the retired employees of Arabic and Farsi Madrasas.
- Rs. 28,45,000 for the maintenance of the residences of the Chief Minister and other Ministers and Rs. 21,55,000 for the maintenance of the residences of officials.
- Rs. 1,00,01,000 for the construction of Government Girls Inter College in Saifai, Etawah.
- Rs. 4,23,13,000 for buying land for the construction of Kendriya Vidyalaya in Etawah.
- Rs. 50,00,000 for the construction of Government Womens’ College in Kuraoli, Mainpuri.
- Rs. 50,00,000 for the construction of Government Womens’ College in Kannauj.
- Rs. 150 crores for the Kanya Vidya Dhan Scheme.
- Rs. 50,00,000 each for the Saifai Mahotsav and Etawah Exhibition.
- Rs. 10 crores in the Naveen Jasrana Canal Construction Scheme for the facility of irrigation and drinking water in Firozabad.