Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav has claimed the project was approved during his term and there was documentary evidence of it.
As per PTI report, Akhilesh has alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party government has lined up a series of programmes to herald the start of the corridor only to deflect people’s attention from the PM’s ‘failure’ to double the income of farmers.
“All of you know who made the promise of doubling the income of the farmers. Today due to price rise fertilisers are not available, so how will the income of the farmers be doubled?
“Just so that the public does not ask this question, they are bringing Kashi Vishwanath Corridor. And if there is any cabinet which passed the Kashi Vishvanath Corridor, it was the Samajwadi Party’s government,” Akhilesh told reporters in Lucknow.
“We will provide you with the documents. Because this time, we will talk with proof,” he said.
Later, in a tweet in Hindi, he said, “The chronology of Kashi Vishwanath Corridor: Crores (of Rupees) were allocated in the Samajwadi Party regime. The SP government started acquisition of the buildings for the purpose of the Corridor.
“An honorarium was fixed for the temple staff. The ‘paidaljeevi’ (pedestrians) should tell that why the cleanliness drive of the Varuna river undertaken by the SP government was stopped, and what happened to the Metro (rail)?”
काशी विश्वनाथ कॉरिडोर की क्रोनोलॉजी:
– सपा सरकार में करोड़ों का आवंटन हुआ
– सपा सरकार में कॉरिडोर हेतु भवनों का अधिग्रहण शुरू हुआ
– मंदिरकर्मियों के लिए मानदेय तय किया गया
‘पैदलजीवी’ बताएं कि सपा सरकार के वरुणा नदी के स्वच्छता अभियान को क्यों रोका और मेट्रो का क्या हुआ।
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) December 12, 2021
Akhilesh Yadav ruled Uttar Pradesh (UP) from 2012 to 2017 and was succeeded by Yogi Adityanath.
The corridor has been built as a mega project and is expected to boost tourism in the ancient city — which is also the PM’s Lok Sabha constituency.