With eye on MP, Akhilesh to launch girls’ scheme from Jhansi, Lalitpur

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Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will launch the Kanya Vidya Dhan (KVD) scheme by handing over the cheques to girl students at Jhansi on September 27, followed by Lalitpur on September 28.

Akhilesh announced this during an interaction with mediapersons on completing six months in the office.

In KVD scheme, girls who have cleared intermediate examination in or after 2012 will be given a financial assistance of Rs 30,000 by the state government. The other condition is that the annual income of the family should not exceed Rs 35,000. The scheme was first launched by Mulayam Singh Yadav during his previous regime. Later, it was discontinued during BSP rule. The Samajwadi Party (SP) had included it in its list of poll promise.

Akhilesh has strategically choosen Jhansi and Lalitpur — of Bundelkhand — for launching the scheme as these two districts are bordering Madhya Pradesh (MP) where the SP aims to contest Lok Sabha elections seriously. With the launch of a welfare scheme, the party aims to send a message to the bordering UP-MP areas. The party has also invited its MP unit president Gauri Yadav for the function. The lone SP MLA from Newari in Tikamgarh district of MP, Meera Deepak Yadav, will also be present at the KVD scheme-launch function.

For the SP, the 2003 Assembly elections in MP was most signoficant as it bagged seven seats. The party hopes to corner some seats from MP in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The SP already has a Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh — Munawwar Saleem of Vidisha.

"We polled nearly one lakh votes in Tikamgarh Lok Sabha seat in 2009 elections. The SP also got over one lakh votes in Satna and Rewa. We have called a meeting of workers from the region who will meet Akhilesh. We are now on strong footing and hope to bag a few seats in MP," said Deep Narain Yadav, MLA from Garautha in Jhansi.

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