While the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday defended the cultural extravaganza in Saifai village. But not only the opposition parties but the people of Noida in UP are also unhappy with the Samajwadi Party-led government for holding celebrations, while the victims of Muzaffarnagar riots continue to suffe in the riot relief camps.
When we spoke to few eminent personalities from Noida about their views on Saifai festival, most of them were not happy.
NP Singh, President of Noida Resident Welfare Association, said “The SP government is conducting such fests with the people's money. The Muzaffarnagar victims are struggling for the basic eminities, and the SP leaders are enjoying the fest there.” He also added that, “I understand that the fest is an annual event, but things should be done according to the situation.”
Anoop Khanna, an AAP spokesperson in Noida said, “The agitation on this fest is going on since years, but this time the agitations are very strong, due to the Muzaffarnagar riots. A political leader is a person elected by the citizens, and he should be with the citizens, when they need him. Despite doing so, the SP leaders are celebrating the fest. The people of Uttar Pradesh will surely answer SP Govt. back.”
Ramesh Chandra Sharma, Chairman, Federation of Noida Industries said, “The SP government has spent some 100 crores for this fest, and they always say that 'we don't have money', then from where did this money come from? There are more important things to be done in UP, like relief operation for Muzaffarnagar riot victims, building schools, hospitals etc.”
On the flip side, Dr. RK Bansal, IMA Secretary, Noida said, “It is an utsav which is done annually and is not done for the first time. There is nothing wrong in doing so and such fests should be conducted in public interest.”
Akhilesh Yadav-led government is facing severe criticism for the glitzy festival, in which many bollywood celebraties danced, at his ancestral village, which is barely 300 km away from the Muzaffarnagar relief camps, where the children of helpless riots victims died cold.