A day ahead of Modi's much-awaited and highlighted rally, Akhilesh inaugurated a hi-tech police control room and flagged off a fleet of police cars in Kanpur.
The young Samajwadi Party leader later addressed a gathering of special police officials and directed the cops to maintain law and order at all costs and control crime through technological advances.
Akhilesh inaugurated a hi-tech police control room in Kanpur on Friday
The UP CM claimed that this is the first such hi-tech control room, equipped with CCTV cameras and GPS, in the state. Uttar Pradesh would get more such centres as police modernisation was the state government's priority, added Akhilesh while describing his future plans for the state.
The CM also laid foundation stones of several other development projects, including power, roads, multi-level parkings and houses for the economically weaker sections.
Akhilesh's visit a day before Modi lands in Kanpur to start the BJP campaign for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls set off speculation that the Chief Minister wanted to sell his development model before Modi did the same.
BJP spokesman Chandra Mohan took a dig at the Chief Minister's hurried visit to Kanpur and called it a "result of the fear that Modi's popularity has instilled in his opponents".
(With IANS inputs)