Lucknow: With a promise to change Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav took charge of the state as the Chief Minister but there is hardly any politician, who enjoys an unblemished career and the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader is one of the examples.
On Friday, June 22, Akhilesh completed 100 days in office. He successfully steered the party ship back to power and during this period he tried his best to prove himself a responsible chief minister.
Akhilesh’s party, as well as political stalwarts, cannot deny the fact that the stupendous victory was due to the 38-year-old's new approach. Indeed it was a new approach for the party known for its anti-English and anti-computer stand.
It was not an easy task for this young politician, born on July 1, 1973, to become the youngest chief minister but Akhilesh presented a new picture of SP which was perceived in a different light by the people back in 2007.
After taking charge on March 15, the young politician spends hours in officials meetings, watching power-point presentations and is willing to listen not only to officers and senior leaders but also common people in order to undo the damages but the present scenario reveals that he has to go long way to achieve his goal.
During this 100 days tenure, Akhilesh was also surrounded by controversies. He was under harsh criticism when he refused to launch any probe in the sugar mill scam, in which liquor king Ponty Chaddha was involved.
After SP came to power in March earlier this year, the government released crime stats in the state assembly claiming that between March 1 to April 15, (45 days) 699 cases of murder, 263 rape cases and 249 incidents of loot have taken place in the state.
Apart from this there is acute power crisis in the state, which discloses the bad management of the ruling government.
He is now looking forward to fulfil his party’s election promises, the payment of unemployment allowance to the youth, the distribution of tablets and laptops to students pursuing further studies after passing their 10th and 12th standard examinations and the waiver of farmers’ loans of up to Rs. 50,000.
The implementation of just the prominent election promises of the party will put a burden of around Rs.7,433 crore on the exchequer in the current financial year. Allocations have been made for these projects in the annual budget for 2012-13.
But Akhilesh’s 100 days tenure reveals that it will be very difficult for him to fulfil his promise of a corrupt-free Uttar Pradesh.