New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday said that what people eat or wear should not be made a political issue.

Yadav was speaking in the context of the lynching of a man, Akhlaq Safi, in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh, by a Hindu mob that suspected him of consuming beef.

“We had to give the piece of meat for testing as without a proper investigation the government cannot proceed to make any decision and even if we said that Akhlaq’s family was right, who would have believed us without proof?" Yadav asked in a conversation with NDTV’s consulting editor Barkha Dutt at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.

Talking about the development agenda of the state, Yadav said infrastructure building will be the top priority of his government.

“Roads, electricity and water will remain our main priority and even now all three are in a very good state in UP. Next we will focus on improving the agricultural sector for farmers and third will be social security."

On the development work currently being undertaken in Uttar Pradesh, Yadav listed projects like a six-lane expressway, the Samajwadi Pension Scheme which is benefiting 4.5 million women in the state, and increased milk production which has made UP the highest milk producer in the country, surpassing Gujarat.

“The six-lane axis-controlled expressway, which is expandable to eight lanes, which will connect UP to Delhi, will be the biggest in the country," said the chief minister.

However, he complained that the state was not receiving any help from the Centre. “We are spending 14,000 crore from our own budget to build this road but there is no support from the Centre. (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi came to UP to become the Prime Minister but he is not willing to give us money," he said.

Taking a dig at Modi, Yadav said that he wondered how the PM will bring the promised “ache din" (good days) as he was busy meeting people at Google and clicking selfies with people at Facebook.

“I don’t know about him but we have a different way of bringing ache din. We distributed 17 lakh laptops in the state to which the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) said that (we) were distributing jhunjunas (toys)," he said.

Asked whether Samajwadi Party (SP) will support the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill, Yadav said, “It is too early to say. We had different relations with the previous government which also tabled this bill and then our stand was different. We have different relations with this government which has again brought this bill and our stand this time will also be different."

When asked about the controversial remarks made by his cabinet minister, Azam Khan, on the Paris terror attacks and on members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) being homosexuals, Yadav said that these were Khan’s personal views.

“People should try to understand in entirety the comments made by him and Azam Khan will not be removed from the UP cabinet for what he said," Yadav said.

On SP’s relations with the BJP, Yadav said, “We cannot have any political relation with the BJP or any of its affiliate organizations."

However, when it came to the Congress, the CM had a different take. On a lighter note, he said, “I will support the Congress in the 2019 election if (SP chief) Mulayam Singh is made the Prime Minister and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi the deputy Prime Minister."

Yadav, however, refrained from commenting on the possibility of an alliance between SP and its arch rival Bahujan Samaj Party in the 2017 UP elections.

On the lavish 77th birthday celebrations for Mulayam Singh Yadav, which drew flak from critics, the CM said, “We Samajwadis don’t pretend. We are what we are and you saw that clearly. Moreover we did not spend the government’s money on the celebrations."

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