LUCKNOW: Calling Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s comments on UP’s Covid management “a figment of his imagination”, government spokesperson and MSME minister Sidharth Nath Singh said, these statements are typical of a leader who does his politics from air-conditioned comfort without interacting with people.
“It’s unfortunate Yadav perched on an ivory tower did not bother to mention even one of many pro-people steps taken by the Yogi Adityanath government. Instead, he unsuccessfully tried to run down the popular government,” Singh said on Wednesday, adding Yadav should display maturity.
“Tweeting from his drawing room is an easy, but to become a mass leader, one needs to step out. Yogi Adityanath not only went to the people during Covid, but all through his tenure. It’s no wonder Samajwadi Party was dumped by people in 2017. This time too, people won’t back SP, whose political mainstay has been parivarwad,” he said.
Singh’s diatribe follows the barrage of accusations by the SP chief against the UP government for mishandling the pandemic, leading to deaths. He said, from his first day in office, Yogi Adityanath has worked for welfare of farmers, women and the underprivileged. The Rs 36,000crore farmer loan waiver was the first step which showed the intentions of the Yogi government, he said, adding that development in form of expressways, airports, houses for the poor and a conducive environment for industry were some of the proactive measures to serve the state.