The way the people of Uttar Pradesh have outrightly rejected the two-year old SP government and embraced Narendra Modi, this gives Akhilesh no chance or option to turn his face away from the new challenge.

There is an added pressure on Akhilesh mainly because leaders like Naveen Patnaik, Mamata Banerjee and J Jayalalithaa successfully countered Modi wave in their respective states.

Due to SP’s deplorable performance in Lok Sabha polls, Mulayam’s hopes of floating a Third Front government at the Centre also got shattered. Another reason for pressure is Akhilesh Yadav’s style of running the government has often been questioned from time to time and BJP, which is going to be at the helm of affairs very soon would leave no stone unturned to take pot-shots at the UP government again and again.

This looks a possibility mainly since Narendra Modi may continue to represent Varanasi in the Parliament and in such a scenario, Uttar Pradesh would be the prime focus area of the BJP strongman.

The challenges Akhilesh would have to face are not just political and administrative but also economic. In the last ten years, the GDP of Gujarat grew more than 10 percent which is higher than even the national average.

On the other hand, after lagging behind the set target of 11th Five Year Plan, the Uttar Pradesh government has fixed a target of 10 percent growth in the 12th Five Year Plan.

According to an estimate of Employment Department, the government will need around Rs 16, 70, 000 crore and around 71 percent of this amount is being tried to be collected from private sectors.

However, going by the ground realities, it would be difficult task for the government to attract investment, which makes the task for Akhilesh government stiffer.  

JPN/Bureau

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