Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav took a smart dig at the ruling BJP-government in the state with a tweet that drew attention to the inauguration of the Ghaziabad elevated corridor.
As Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath gears up to inaugurate the country’s longest elevated corridor on Friday, the Samajwadi Party leader took to Twitter to post a comment in Hindi.
“Ram, Ram japna paraya kaam apna,” he wrote. His comment is a take on the popular Hindi idiom, ‘Ram Ram japna praya mal apna’ used to refer to situations where credit for something done by one person is taken by someone else.
राम राम जपना पराया काम अपना https://t.co/3HVTEgESvg
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) March 30, 2018
Yadav also attached a tweet which was posted on 12 August 2016 containing pictures from the time construction of the corridor began. That tweet reads: “To help ease traffic in Ghaziabad we commissioned this elevated road which is over 9kms long and completing fast.”
To help ease traffic in Ghaziabad we commissioned this elevated road which is over 9kms long and completing fast. pic.twitter.com/0IGbji8boj
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) August 12, 2016
The 10-km long project connects Raj Nagar Extension to UP Gate on National Highway 24. The construction, which was scheduled to be complete in April 2017, went through many delays before completion in December 2017.
The corridor cost around Rs 1147 crore. Its inauguration was delayed reportedly due to delays in environmental clearance.
The corridor is illuminated by over 700 LED lights to ensure safe driving during the night. It stands on 287 pillars with 226 on a fully elevated section.
The road has been at the centre of a credit-claim-game between the SP and the BJP. A few days ago, Samajwadi Party MLC Rakesh Yadav was booked for inaugurating the road claiming that the project was started during Akhilesh Yadav’s regime.
At Ghaziabad, Adityanath is expected to launch other projects worth around Rs 350 crore.