Lucknow, March 23: Mulayam Singh Yadav today ticked off son Akhilesh for being soft on “sycophants” and “corruption”, advising him to be a “strict administrator” and making a throwaway reference to L.K. Advani’s friendly counsel.
“A government is not run by flexibility, Akhilesh, but by the tough stands it takes,” the Samajwadi Party chief told the Uttar Pradesh chief minister at a programme to commemorate the birth anniversary of Ram Manohar Lohia.
Possibly betraying how worried he was at the “culture of corruption” in Uttar Pradesh and the lack of action to check it, he recalled that BJP leader Advani had once said a chief minister got branded as an “incapable administrator” if he failed to control law and order.
Mulayam did not clarify when or in what context Advani had made the remark.
This is not the first time the Samajwadi boss has targeted lapses in the way Akhilesh is running the government. Ever since a perception started growing that the general election could be earlier than next year, he has been coming down hard on his son. Only in January, he had said that the bureaucracy was not being reined in.
“Some ministers are enjoying their leisure while officers are resorting to sycophancy to get work done. This is hurting the reputation of the government,” Mulayam claimed today.
“Police stations and tehsil offices have turned into centres of corruption. The chief minister should undertake a review and initiate stern action against district officials.”
Then he added: “Fear of action needs to be instilled in them. Only this can bring down this culture of corruption.”
The refrain in Mulayam’s attacks — sources counted at least 30 occasions he had done it — has been the alleged corruption of some ministers, their being busier with transfers and postings of officers than their own work, and the purported lack of co-ordination between ministers and party workers.
Another of Mulayam’s gripes is that those who worked to ensure the Samajwadis’ victory in Uttar Pradesh have been relegated to the background. The obvious hint is at a perceived neglect of party workers ahead of the 2014 general election in which Mulayam is aiming at bagging 60 of 80 seats.
Mulayam had, however, awarded his son’s government 90 per cent marks a month after it took the reins last year. But on its first anniversary on March 15, his tone seemed to have become more sombre.