CM: Outsiders need not worry about cleaning Ganga

LucknowCM Akhilesh Yadav at the launch of Skill Development Mission at his official residence in Lucknow on Saturday. Pramod Singh

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Saturday advised Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi not to worry about the pollution of Ganga as the river does not belong to his state.

Akhilesh was talking to newsmen after launching the Skill Development Mission Scheme (SDM) in the state at his residence on Saturday.

Modi, during his rally in Varanasi Friday, had said he was concerned about the pollution in Ganga.

"People of other states should not worry about Ganga as it is not in their state. Perhaps, he (Modi) did not have full information. Water has the quality of self cleaning," Akhilesh said.

Akhilesh also blamed Modi for not taking any feedback on pollution in Ganga by Hindu seers. "They never meet Hindu seers. They should have asked them about pollution in Ganga. The saints got clean water during the recently concluded Kumbh," he said.

However, Akhilesh claimed that the condition of Ganga has not deteriorated in a day. "It was not polluted over night. There is a programme with the assistance of central government for cleaning of Ganga," he said.

Akhilesh also ridiculed the charges of Modi that people are harassed for bribes in getting jobs and transfers.

"It is all baseless. We are implementing latest technology. Thousands of online transfers of teachers and policemen have been done. No charges of corruption were reported," he stated.

Meanwhile, Akhilesh evaded a direct reply over Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha's party All India Anna Dravida Munntera Kazagham (AIADMK) wanting their leader to become PM of the country. "It is correct that the Lok Sabha elections are held for deciding the PM of the country. But it will be done by the people of the country. We only want that communal forces should be defeated," he stated.

Earlier, Akhilesh launched the skill development mission scheme which aims at providing training and job aid to youths of 14 to 35 years. "Previous government had dumped this programme. Even the Industrial Training Institutes were overlooked and are in a shambles. We are starting it for the welfare of unemployed youths," he said.

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