Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], Apr. 16 (ANI): Lambasting former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav for expressing his dissatisfaction over the present government's administration, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Ministers on Sunday said that the state is not working for the Samajwadi Party (SP) president's satisfaction but for the people.
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said that Akhilesh would not be able to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) even if he forms grand alliance or 'thug alliance.'
"Whether he forms alliance, grand alliance or thug alliance, all their attempts to stop BJP will be unsuccessful because the people of the nation are with Narendra Modi. People want to see India on the path of development. Those who deceived people under the false claim of development were rejected. We are not working for their satisfaction, we are working for the satisfaction of 22 crore Indians," Maurya told ANI.
Uttar Pradesh second Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma also resonated the same sentiments, saying that they are working for the people and not for Akhilesh.
"Satisfaction of people is more important than Akhilesh's satisfaction. It's not even been a month and they are questioning our work. What about them who ruled the state for so many years?" Sharma told ANI.
Reacting on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) tampering issue, Sharma said nobody had problem with the voting machine till the time they were winning.
"Till the time they were winning, EVMs were fine, now they have problem with it," he said.
Giving a fresh blow to the controversy surrounding the alleged EVM tampering, Akhilesh yesterday said he had heard the voters pressed on the symbol of the Samajwadi Party, but the votes went into the BJP's basket.
Further, raising doubts on the EVMs, Akhilesh demanded to conduct poll on ballot papers.
"It was being said that symbol of the SP was pressed but votes went to the BJP. We have complained about the issue to the Election Commission because after all, it is a machine and can give faulty results," Akhilesh said while addressing a press conference here.
The Samajwadi Party president continued his tirade against the Yogi Adityanath-led state government and made sardonic remarks on various issues such as anti-Romeo squads, ban on cow slaughter etc. (ANI)