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If Development In UP Is Halted, Development Of India Is Halted, Says Akhilesh Yadav

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| October 5 , 2017 , 09:28 IST

Amidst criticisms of the economic condition arising from BJP leaders, Samajwadi Party chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav reiterated his criticisms on demonetisation, adding that if development in UP, the most populous state in the nation, is halted, so will development in the nation.

"Our fears over the note ban have come true. Now it's ill effects are visible. Voices of dissent are emanating even from within the BJP on the issue," said Akhilesh, referring to statements made by BJP leaders Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie.

Criticising the lack of development in the country, Akhilesh said, "If the development in UP is halted, then the development of the country is halted as well."

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Apart from demonetisation, Akhilesh also blamed the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for affecting the economy.

"Traders are groaning under the adverse impact of GST. The government has betrayed the business class by launching GST with much fanfare. Business has come to a standstill, inflation is rising and traders are in a state of mental shock," he said.

Akhilesh slammed the Yogi Adityanath-led state government for not fulfilling the promises BJP made to the farmers.  

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"The biggest issue is the farmers. The current government promised that the farmers won't be affected but as the BJP always does, they didn't fulfill it. They didn't get the help which was needed," he said.

Continuing his attack on BJP, Akhilesh alleged that the BJP rakes up issues to divide the society, instead of focusing on development.

"Its favourite issues are cow and cow dung, shamshan (cremation ground) and kabristan (burial grounds) and not development," he said.

Then Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh when the demonetisation was announced in November 2016, Akhilesh Yadav had stringently protested against the move.