Mulayam Singh Yadav questions sycophantic culture in UP Government

Lucknow, Mar. 23 (ANI): Samajwadi Party president and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday urged his son and incumbent Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to put an immediate stop to the culture of sycophancy in the state administration, as it was tarnishing the image of the Samajwadi Party.

Addressing party supporters on the occasion of the 103rd birth anniversary of social activist leader Ram Manohar Lohia, Yadav said that his son needed to be more strict as an administrator.

"Akhilesh, the government is not run by flexibility, but by (taking) tough stand," Mulayam said.

"Ministers are indulging in leisure and officers in sycophancy to get their work done. That is bringing a bad name to the government... it won't be allowed," he added.

Describing police stations and tehsil offices as the biggest centers of corruption in the state, Mulayam said that the chief minister should undertake a review and initiate stern action against the district magistrates and police chiefs wherever irregularities are detected.

Until and unless there is fear among the officers, the functioning of government will not be proper, he warned.

"I know the situation (the government is in). The CM should conduct a review... and take stern action. It is the responsibility of the CM to implement the (party) manifesto," the Samajwadi Party chief added, while referring to the fact that leaders and people who had worked hard to ensure the party's victory in state assembly polls last year, were being confined to the background, while the less deserving were occupying seats of power and authority.

Yadav said that if Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav failed to control the law and order situation, he would be tagged as an incapable administrator.

He also used the occasion to describe the Central Government as cowardly, and warned that the nation's borders were far from secure. (ANI)

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