Faizabad, Nov 11 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today called upon lawyers, students and intellectuals to come to forefront of the struggle for social, economic and political change in the country.
Refering to the succcessful struggle for freedom from foreign yoke and the war waged by Dr Ram Manohar Lohia against the monopoly of Congress in political power in mid-1960, he said another powerful effort was needed for change to usher in development and prosperity in the country.
Mr Yadav was addressing a gathering in the collectorate compound after dedicating the lawyers' chambers and inaugurating the centenary celebrations of the Faizabd Bar Association.
He announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh for strengthening the assocition's library and Rs five lakh to the lawyers welfare fund.
Mr Yadav said a flyover in the city near Government Inter College Railway line would be constructed. He said the required centre's approval of a Rs 38 crore project for potable water and drainage in Faizabad and Ayodhya would be sought and work started soon.
The CM cautioned laywers and intellectuals that their indifference to the goings on in the country could pose a serious danger to democrary.
He said lawyers had always contributed to creating social awakening and without their cooperation prompt and speedy justice could not be ensured to poor. ''The cooperation between judiciary and legislature can facilitate stepping up of develoment.'' Mr Yadav asserted those that it was those who lacked faith in democracy that talked of putting restrictions on students' unions.
''Keeping students away from politics would not augur well for democracy. It was an irony that students are describe as 'undisciplined' whenever they strive for solving their poblems.'' He said Faizabad had been associated with Dr Lohia and Acharya Narendra Dev, whose ideals and values had to be maintained and for that they would have to strive hard.
The Samajwady party supremo criticised the central government for its foreign policy and said it had strained relations with neighbouring countries.
He also held the union government responsible for the price spiral. ''The faulty policies of the centre has brought farmers of our primarily agricultural country on the verge of destructrion. The country would not become a super power without making the peasantry prosperous.'' Mr Yadav enumerated the achievements of his government and said it was for the first time in 20 years that the state budget had no deficit. He said sugarcane growers had been paid Rs 18,000 crore as the price of sugarcane supplied to sugarmills.
Speaking on the occasion, former advocate general and sitting MP Virendra Bhatia said the state government granted Rs 60 crore for the construction of lawyers' chambers, library and bar council building during the last three years, besides making seating arrangement for lawyers at tehsil level.
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