Gorakhpur, Apr 12 (ANI): Samajwadi Party (SP) chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday wooed farmers by assuring them batter rates for their crops.
"It has been reported that a farmer spends as much as Rs. 950 to produce a quintal of wheat. For rice it is Rs. 1000. The SP will demand the new government, whosoever it is, to give the farmers Rs. 1,400 per quintal for wheat and Rs. 1,500 rupees per quintal for rice," Yadav said while addressing an election rally here.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav clarified that the party's manifesto for the Lok Sabha did not at all say anything about stopping use of computers or to ban English education in schools.
"The party was never anti-computer or teaching of English in schools. But the SP always supported that the poor and rural people should not be affected by modern technology or English in the schools," he added.
Yadav further said that his party always demanded for promoting mother tongue as the base of teaching in schools just as it was done in other parts of the world.
Meanwhile, Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that Samajwadi Party's manifesto was an instance of putting the clock back.
Singhvi also ridiculed the SP for its promise to curb English medium of education and use of computers.
"Samajwadi Party is not our associate. We have made it clear. Our thinking and philosophy do not match. But even if they were our associates, the Congress does not support such a thing. The heritage of Congress is that of Rajiv Gandhi's 'young India'. He brought computer and internet to India. He was the one to bring down the voting age from 21 to 18. We cannot be associated with such a party or thinking. Be it an ally or otherwise," he added. (ANI)