Mayawati or Akhilesh who can be a better Chief Minister for Uttar Pradesh?
Uttar Pradesh 2017 assembly polls are going to be most significant and the elections will be fought on the “Agenda of Development”. A government has been repeated in Tamil Nadu after 32 years. In West Bengal and Bihar, a government has been repeated. Based on Development, Samajwadi Party can return to power again in Uttar Pradesh too.
Here are the most important things you need to know about the BSP leader Mayawati and the true Samajwadi, Akhilesh Yadav.
- Akhilesh Vs Mayawati – Style of Governance
Akhilesh Yadav is the current Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and is leading Samajwadi Party for the very first time, whereas Mayawati is an Indian Politician who served four terms and is the National President of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
Bahujan Samaj Party works on the principle of Social Change to improve the standard of weaker section of society. In contrast, Samajwadi Party believes in equality and the party has a democratic outlook. The party also believes in uplifting the weaker strata of society. Akhilesh Yadav being a true Samajwadi believes in development for one and all.
Both these leaders have a very different perspective for connecting to people. Akhilesh Yadav connects to people very well and has a strong presence on Social Media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, while Mayawati has no social media presence and very limited outlets to reach out to the people.
- Akhilesh Vs Mayawati – Agenda and Vision
Akhilesh Yadav government has projected Uttar Pradesh as a “Land of Unlimited Potential” and works on development agenda. He along with his party has paced ahead on the path of development. Samajwadi Party has stitched up schemes in a transparent manner which has benefitted the every section of the society. The rural and urban UP, women, children, youth and farmers. On the other hand, Mayawati with a myopic view believed in limited growth and that too of a very selective target group mainly being the lower strata of the state. Mayawati government didn’t believe in e-governance and kept communication and transparency of government functioning very limited. Celebrating her birthdays, spending crores of funds on building statues and possessing huge lands and property seemed to be Mayawati’s main agenda and vision for the state.
What has been the vision and agenda of Akhilesh Yadav? The answer is total development. Another agenda has been to bring in digitization. E-governance in Uttar Pradesh is poised to take a big leap as the current Akhilesh government has lined up a lot of initiatives to empower the citizens. Under the leadership of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh has strengthened several departments under e-schemes.
A set of accomplished goals clearly depict Akhilesh Yadav’s undeniable love for technology. The bilingual ‘Samajwadi Akhilesh’ app lets the audience connect directly with the Samajwadi Party’s social platforms and give knowledge about digital initiatives in the state, events and achievements. He has launched several apps that are running smoothly and have shown great results. These include M-Sehat – An app to track state’s health services accurately where all ASHA workers, nurses, midwives, medical officers and other health officers work together. Apart from these, Modernization of Police Force, Employment Portal sewayojan.up.nic.in, UP Police Lost report application, Boost Your Business initiative, Integrated Grievance Redressal System, web portal UP News 360, Shakti 1090 mobile app to improve law and order, are working successfully and proving to be a big boon to the people of the state.
The IT Policy 2012 is also helping to develop Agra and Lucknow as IT hubs under a Public Private Partnership Model.
- Akhilesh Vs Mayawati – As Chief Ministers
INVESTMENT RECORD IN THE STATE
Akhilesh Yadav’s government in Uttar Pradesh has shown a marked increase in securing more private investments during the first four years of his regime. A recent World Bank report on ‘Ease of Doing Business’, UP was ranked amongst top ten states of India and first amongst northers states.
Under the leadership of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav (April 2012-January 2016), the state marked total private investment worth over Rs 25,081 crore whereas Rs 10,773 crore during the Mayawati regime (April 2007-March 2011).
TOURISM GROWTH IN UTTAR PRADESH
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has launched the new “Uttar Pradesh Tourism Policy 2016” under which basic facilities at tourist places will be upgraded. After 1998, it is for the first time that a new tourism policy has come up in UP. The policy aims to reinforce Uttar Pradesh’s image as a tourist-friendly destination and use information technology enabled tools and services to enhance the overall travel experience. In 1998, the number of foreign tourists who visited the state was recorded at 7.27 lakh which improved to 29.09 lakh in 2014. The state government has carved a niche for itself in the tourism sector in the country with initiatives like The Heritage Arc, Taj Mahotsav, Hot Air Balloon and the World Bank funded Pro-poor Tourism project. By crystallising these initiatives, the state government has released this policy to provide much needed boost by granting industry status to it. Under the leadership of Akhilesh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh has been awarded the ‘Best Indian destination for Culture’ by International Travel Magazine – Lonely Planet.
On the other hand, Mayawati was charged with corruption, in the Taj corridor case. The Taj Corridor project was intended to upgrade tourist facilities for Taj Mahal which was to be implemented during her tenure as Chief Minister. On conducting extensive searches on her property, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) claimed that her single bank account went up to Rs. 25 million and total assets went upto Rs 150 million.
ECONOMIC GROWTH IN UTTAR PRADESH IN THE PAST YEARS
India’s economic progress is wedded to UP’s growth as the state contributes 8.1% to India’s GDP. According to a recent report generated by India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), in 2014-15, Uttar Pradesh has accounted for 19% share in the country’s total food grain output. The state has witnessed a high rate of Economic growth, which is also amongst the wins of Akhilesh Yadav.
Moreover, the party has achieved a lot on various fronts. Uttar Pradesh government under Akhilesh Yadav as Chief Minister has achieved several awards like Best Film Friendly State, Guinness Book of World Record for Plantation Drive, Ease of Doing Business, Best Indian Destination for Culture, Best State Award for Skill Development and Fastest Metro Project for Lucknow etc.
Akhilesh Yadav vs Mayawati – Who is a better CM? No guesses. The difference is for everyone to see!