"Our government will offer full cooperation to the Centre in its efforts to develop Smart Cities in Uttar Pradesh. Though the endeavour appears as incongruous as wearing a tie while donning kurta and pyjama. Ultra-modern townships scattered here and there would be of no use if the vast rural landscape connecting these Smart Cities was left undeveloped," Yadav said at Sadwan Kalan village, around 25 kms from the city.

The Chief Minister was speaking after distributing laptops to meritorious students and launching a number of projects relating to education, transport and urban development. Yadav cited "Ever since the Samajwadi Party has been voted to power in the state, it has been making efforts to usher in planned development of both rural and urban areas. This is necessary not only for the villages but also for the cities".

"In every city we get to hear cries of skyrocketing prices of vegetables and other edibles. If we go to villages, people complaint not about the rising prices but the lack of means trough which their agricultural produce can cater to the vast markets of the rapidly expanding cities,” he added.

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