Noida Airport: After Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav claims airport plans drawn up during his regime

The Samajwadi Party supremo has claimed that BJP government at the Center had refused to give permission for a proposed airport to be built at Firozabad during the SP government

File image of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. PTI

Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the Noida International Airport amid heavy security, the battle for credit continued off the scene. Only hours after Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Thursday claimed that a blueprint of an international airport at Jewar was prepared during the tenure of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati but the UPA government did not allow it to be built, a similar claim has been made by the Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav.

On Thursday Yadav tweeted in Hindi, stating that “had the BJP government at the Centre given permission for the proposed airport to be built in Firozabad during the SP government, then at this time ‘churis’ would also have got a chance to be associated with ‘jewar’ and the development of UP would have progressed towards perfection.”

The Samajwadi Party has also claimed the Purvanchal Expressway, inaugurated by Modi recently, as its project.

On Wednesday, Mayawati claimed that her government had done “innumerable historic work” for the development of Uttar Pradesh and accused subsequent SP and BJP dispensations of taking credit for projects that were conceptualised earlier. “When the Samajwadi Party was in power and now with the BJP, both the parties have been showing my work as their own. Even the Congress that was in power for the longest time (in Uttar Pradesh) since Independence could not do the work that I had done in such a short time,” Mayawati said.

With the high-voltage Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections due next year, parties in the fray have not missed an opportunity to target one another. While the BJP has inaugurated a slew of developmental projects with an eye on the polls, Opposition parties are still working out their alliances and wrangling over credit.

With input from agencies

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