One common thing about the most influential people is the strong leadership quality and the capability to take tough decisions. In the Indian political arena, Akhilesh Yadav, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, has emerged as one of the most inspiring young leaders and given people a new ray of hope.
Akhilesh Yadav has proved himself a leader focused on the development and a work-oriented approach. He became the chief minister of UP at the age of 38. He has proved his credibility and capability by fulfilling all the promises made in 2012, and recently presented his next manifesto focussed on youth, women and farmers for 2017 assembly elections.
When it comes to development, forget about UP, no other CM in the country can match up to his level. He initiated various exemplary infrastructure projects which include Agra-Lucknow expressway; Lucknow Metro and other metros in-line in the cities of Agra, Varanasi, Meerut and Kanpur; connecting all the district headquarters with four-lane roads etc. Other major initiatives like cycle tracks for a clean and green environment; cricket stadiums; promotion of tourism and film industry; world’s largest tree-plantation drive has gained him a large following and a feeling of belongingness with the youth of the state. Universities, hospitals and projects like the IT City have boosted the investment in the state and the state is in a good, positive light. This clear approach of CM Akhilesh certainly puts him in a different league of his own.
When it comes to digitization, CM has made the optimal use of technology for the modernisation of the state. With useful apps for information and faster grievance redressal, instant assistance and help for emergency situations, people of the state have been empowered.
We usually hear the terms Women Safety and Empowerment in the political manifestos, though it has been actually implemented in UP with schemes like 1090 Power Line and Samajwadi Pension Yojna. The women powerline has successfully resolved more than 5 lakh cases so far, and Samajwadi Pension Yojna has covered more than 5.5 million beneficiaries till date. There have been also the instances where a single tweet to the official handles of Akhilesh Yadav and UP Government came to the rescue for a person in distress.
The UP CM Akhilesh Yadav has not only proved to be a successful young leader whose agenda is development and modernization but also displayed a strong political acumen. His ideology of “Work Says It All” as mentioned by him in several interviews, displays his confidence of the several positive developments undertaken by him.
If we consider the political scenario of India, we find very few effective and influential leaders. The reason being, the majority of the political parties are still using the old ways of influencing the voters with caste based politics and we lack leaders with strong development agenda coupled with tough decision-making capabilities. But Akhilesh Yadav certainly emerges out as one of the best and most influential chief ministers in the country.