BSP's first anniversary in UP on May 13

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Lucknow, May 12: The Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government will begin the second year of its rule in Uttar Pradesh tomorrow with an aim to achieve major success in the next year's Lok Sabha elections and become a player in deciding who will form next government at the Centre.

Though the past one year was full of political controversies and confusions, the BSP government managed to stick to its basic ideology of 'Sarvajan Hitya, Sarvajan Sukhaya' (welfare and prosperity of all people) and received major success in the bypoll. But issues like power crisis, drinking water scarcity, law and order problem, besides misappropriation of development funds, still haunts the government with the opposition parties leaving no stone unturned to corner the government.

Tomorrow when the government would be celebrating the completion of one year of its rule, the opposition political parties, including the Samajwadi Party (SP), Congress and BJP would be holding demonstrations against the misrule and misutilisation of the state funds.

Except for the Ballia Lok Sabha bypolls, the BSP romped home most of the byelections thus once again tickling the combination of Dalits and Brahmins. In the last one year, the strength of the UP Assembly rose by nine members from 206 to 215 in the House of 403.

Besides, four political parties merged with the ruling BSP, while several senior leaders switched their loyalty for the BSP.

The BSP received a shot in its arm when Congress Rajya Sabha member Akhilesh Das joined the party and was announced the party candidate from Lucknow in the Lok Sabha polls.

BSP state unit president Swami Prasad Maurya here said the one-year rule of the state government could be termed a major success for the government and people of the state, as both were fully satisfied by its performance.

''No other government in the past has done so much for the people, what we have done in just one year,'' Mr Maurya claimed admitting that more benefits will reach the people once big projects were implemented.

The BSP state president further claimed that the party would achieve major success in the Lok Sabha elections and the BSP will hold a key in the formation of the next government at the Centre.

In the administrative front, the major achievement of the government was to implement the Value Added Tax (VAT) in the state, besides initiating an innovative Public-Private Partnership (PPP) regime with a mega Rs 30,000 crore Ganga Expressway between Ballia and Noida and process for installation of four mega power stations at Karchana, Bara, Lalitpur and Anpara D.

Though late, but this month the government issued a new Storage Control Order on five commodities -- wheat, rice, pulses, edible oils and edible oilseeds -- to act against the hoarders for controlling prices of essential foodgrains.

Several policies of the previous Mulayam Singh Yadav government, which were scrapped by the present government were either restarted with some changes or they still remain in the file.

The students union polls were banned in June last but later this year it was reintroduced with certain changes. Similarly, the Mayawati government withdrew the Hotel and sugarcane policy of the previous government, but no new policy was introduced. The Bill of UP Control on Organised Crime Act (UPCOCA) which was passed by the legislature after much delay was still pending as now it had been referred for the Presidential approval.

The BSP government had to revert the Agricutlure policy and Contract farming policy within a month of its introduction leading to banning of retail sector giants. Reliance outlets in the state.

In June last, the government decided to privatise 61 sugar mills but till now nothing concrete had been done on the issue.

In the law and order arena, the major achievement was the encounter of dacoit Dadua, but still the state faced some political clashes in January last when SP leader Shivpal Singh Yadav was manhandled by policemen in the state capital leading to unrest in other parts of the state. One student was also killed in the police firing at Safai in Etawah, home town of Mulayam Singh Yadav during the protest.

During the one year rule, the government created a seperate Aligarh rpt Aligarh division and a new Kasganj district.

UNI

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