Lucknow: The ruling BJP in Uttar Pradesh and the Samajwadi Party (SP) on Saturday traded charges on damage to the government accommodation in Lucknow vacated by former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Pictures showed damage to some floor tiles and laminations. Air conditioning ducts of the centrally air-conditioned house had been plucked out and some of the electrical switchboards were missing. The incident has spoilt the reputation of Akhilesh Yadav and even the Dalit households are scared as he is planning a visit soon to their houses. A Dalit family in Lucknow was seen hiding their electrical equipment and furniture after hearing that Akhilesh Ji will soon pay them a visit.
The hotels where Akhilesh stays during his political meetings and press conferences are also cautious of the fact that the politician may steal their appliances while leaving and so they have also kept all appliances hidden. Even the cars in which Akhilesh moves around for his political commitments were seen covering their AC ducts and seats were tied up properly. The UP government is surprised by the fact the ACs which were installed in Akhilesh’s house were pretty properly fixed and it demanded a humongous effort to remove them. That Akhilesh was able to remove them so easily is still a big surprise for the government estate department.
But the good news for the Dalit families is that at least Akhilesh is sending a prior notification before visiting otherwise they would have faced the catch 22 situation. It is so considerate of him to first announce his visit and then visit the house of a Dalit. This would give the Dalit family ample time to hide or shift their electrical appliances to some other place.