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Akhilesh Claims that the Yogi Government is Taking Credit for SP’s work on the Saryu Canal Project

Akhilesh claims that the Yogi government is taking credit for SP’s work on the Saryu canal project.

Akhilesh Yadav, the president of the Samajwadi Party (SP), on Saturday took potshots at the BJP government over the Saryu Nahar National Project, claiming that three-quarters of the project’s works were completed during his tenure.

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According to the Centre, the project began in 1978 but was four decades late due to a “lack of budgetary continuity, interdepartmental coordination, and adequate monitoring.”

“The BJP government in Uttar Pradesh took five years to finish the remaining works of the Saryu Nahar National Project, which was three-quarters completed during the SP government,” Akhilesh tweeted in Hindi, just hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Balrampur to inaugurate the project.

He predicted that the year 2022 will usher in a new era for the SP, with the state swaying along “development channels.”

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Akhilesh and Yogi
Akhilesh and Yogi

Earlier, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said in a series of tweets that Uttar Pradesh is the first state to realise former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s dream of connecting rivers through the Saryu canal project. According to him, the project will benefit at least four aspirational districts.

“The Saryu canal project connecting five rivers Ghaghara, Saryu, Rapti, Banganga, and Rohini is the biggest project under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana to ensure proper utilisation of water resources,” he said in a related tweet. Taking a shot at the previous administration, Adityanath claimed that the inaction of “anti-people governments” had caused 18 agriculture welfare projects to languish for five decades, with the incumbent government implementing 17 of them in the farmers’ best interests.

The Saryu project was built at a cost of more than Rs 9,800 crore, according to the Centre, with at least Rs 4,600 crore set aside in the last four years.  PTI SAB CJ CJ

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