Wednesday, 16 October, 2019

Akhilesh Yadav slammed for lavish festival as thousands shiver in camps

Akhilesh Yadav,   the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh walks at his residence in Lucknow March 10, 2012. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar/FilesNEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Activists and journalists have criticised Akhilesh Yadav, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh for holding a lavish cultural festival which included performances by Bollywood stars as thousands of people displaced by communal riots languish in close to freezing temperatures in relief camps. The media, advocacy groups and ordinary Indians on social media sites have accused Yadav and his Samajwadi Party (SP) of being insensitive to the plight of the displaced by holding the multi-million rupee, 15-day event in the village of Saifai which ended on Jan 8. …

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