Mulayam wants to overhaul UP govt

Seeks changes in party too ahead of polls

Apparently concerned over the ‘negative image’ of the Uttar Pradesh government and its possible fallout in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has asked for a complete overhauling of the administration, government as well as the party organisation.

Mulayam has reportedly expressed concern over failure of the government on the law and order front and ‘growing perception’ that the bureaucracy has not been implementing the government schemes and as a result the ‘people of the state have failed to experience any change’.

The SP supremo is also not very happy with the performance some ministers, according to SP leaders. They said some ministers may be dropped while the portfolios of some others may be changed. Some new faces may also be inducted.

The party has dissolved its various cells especially those which had been formed on caste lines in the light of the recent high court judgment. Some senior leaders might also be asked to serve the organisation, sources said.

Mulayam presided over a closed-door meeting of the family members, who were in active politics, including chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, here on Sunday and reportedly discussed the changes to be undertaken in the government, administration and the party.

SP leaders said that the party supremo appeared to be upset over ‘negative image’ of the government. He clearly said that the SP’s dream of winning 60 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in UP in the forthcoming polls would not be realised unless drastic remedial measures were undertaken.

“He insisted on a complete image makeover,” said a senior leader.

“The people had brought us with the hope of a change. We have not been able to do that,” Mulayam said, according to the SP leaders. They also said that the recent apex court order preventing jailed politicians from contesting polls was also discussed at the meeting.

Mulayam had earlier also said that the district magistrates and district police chiefs should be held responsible for rise in crimes and they should be acted against.

He had also said he would have set everyone right if he had been the chief minister.
Akhilesh also dropped hints of a major reshuffle on Tuesday when he said “change is required to increase the efficiency of the administration”.

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