LUCKNOW (TIP): Lok Sabha poll debacle still not out of his mind, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday called Bharatiya Janata Party a “chalu” (fast) party for its anti-Samajwadi Party campaign. He also chided opposition parties for first ridiculing his “secularsocialist” laptop scheme by calling it a ‘jhunjhuna’ and now criticising him for scrapping it.

Targeting the Bahujan Samaj Party, he claimed the SP government had focused on infrastructure and several bridges left incomplete during Mayawati’s rule were completed in his regime. He reminded all of the focus of his budget on improving roads and building new ones across the state. With a reference to the rail overbridge coming up near former chief minister Mayawati’s residence, Akhilesh took a dig at Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya of BSP, saying “when your government comes to power, I know you will plan a similar bridge near my house. But, there is no railway line near my house.

When I have to settle somewhere it would be in Saifai and there is no railway line in my village.” Four-laning of the roads has been initiated by SP government and more of it would be done, he said, adding that the only such roadway developed in the state by BSP was on the Mathura Expressway. Akhilesh added that work on metro line has begun in three districts and it would be done in Lucknow too. He took another dig at BSP saying there was no place for elephant (the latter party’s poll symbol) in the lion safari coming up in Etawah.

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