Akhilesh completes one year as UP CM, law and order remains his biggest challenge

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 15, 2013 08:29 hrs

Lucknow: The 39-year-old Akhilesh Yadav's government in Uttar Pradesh on Friday celebrated its first anniversary with full-page ads in leading national dailies proclaiming its achievements.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav claims to have improved the "law and order" of state in this one year while former chief minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati called UP a "lawless state", especially after the killing of the Deputy Superintendent of Police Zia-ul-Haque at Pratapgarh district and the finger of suspicion pointing towards his minister Raja Bhaiya.

Infact, the incident is not too sudden as frequent such attacks are often reported in Akhilesh's state even as the chief minister claimed to have improved the law and order of the state, which was their central mandate when they assumed power.

The ads by the UP government on Friday, headlined: "Celebrating 365 days of transforming 200 million lives in Uttar Pradesh'", along with beaming photographs of father Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son.

Akhilesh has even distributed 10,000 laptops to students earlier this week to mark the completion of one year.

The UP government has also set up a helpline number for the women of the state.

Media reports also indicated that Akhilesh is yet to vanquish the various power centres within Samajwadi Party.

"The CM has become more assured in public, but not yet overcome the impression that the SP old guard run parallel power centres. He has also mastered the art of reacting calmly to criticism, especially from the opposition," writes Hindustan Times.

According to India Today, "The chief minister, however, has a few successes to his credit after being sworn in amidst much fanfare. Of the many poll promises, the government has been able to keep its word on some fronts."

The publication, however, said, "Akhilesh has been unable to change the image of his party that is still seen as a party of goons."

"The state witnessed 12 communal riots ever since he took charge," it said.

But having completed one year, the real test will be faced now with the general elections coming around.

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