Akhilesh begins clean-up hints at makeover

By: | Updated: 12 Mar 2012 05:28 AM

Lucknow: Two days
before he becomes the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav has
cracked the whip on overzealous party workers, hinting at a complete
makeover of the Samajwadi party.

While suspending a party
secretary, Rajeev Rai, and seeking an explanation on his "anti-party
activities and overboard statements", Yadav made it clear that only
Rajendra Chowdhary was authorized to issue a statement on behalf of the
party. This, close aides said, was necessiated after several partymen had
started speaking on behalf of the party and "had tried to project
themselves as close to Akhilesh Yadav".

With little
administrative grinding in the past, Akhilesh Yadav is relying heavily on
his father and party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for selection of officers
and "understanding the bureaucracy". A close aide of Mulayam Singh Yadav
said a "process had begun to find out good, bipartisan officials who will
be posted at important posts other than party's loyal officials".

Yadav, before flying to New Delhi on economy class, ordered officials to
remove the huge hoardings that had mushroomed in the state capital
overnight. The hoardings, congratulating Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh
Yadav, were put up by party leaders and some contractors in a bid to try
and project themselves as close buddies of Akhilesh.

across the city, right from chief minister's residence at Kalidas Marg to
the busy thoroughfares of Hazratganj, the posters raised the hackles of
the common people who feared that such overdrive was suggestive of a
return of the bad days of the Samajwadi Party.

Sources said
Akhilesh Yadav had deputed two senior leaders to oversee the removal of
the hoardings. A missive was sent on Sunday night to the Lucknow Municipal
Corporation (LMC). By Monday morning, most hoardings had been ripped off.

Additional City Commissioner PK Srivastava said that more than 5,000 small
and big hoardings had been removed by Sunday night and the remaining too
would go. The municipal corporation has decided to slap fines and notices
on whoever puts up hoardings.

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First Published: 12 Mar 2012 05:28 AM
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