Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said that if the Centre would have passed the proposal of Firozabad airport during the SP regime, then development in Uttar Pradesh would have progressed towards perfection.
Taking to Twitter, the SP chief said, "If the BJP government at the Centre would not have stopped the proposal of Firozabad airport during the SP government, then at this time 'churis' (bangles) would also have got a chance to be associated with 'jewar' (jewellery) and the development of Uttar Pradesh government would have progressed towards perfection."
"Only SP can give a new flight to the development of UP," he said further in a tweet.
Akhilesh Yadav's remarks came as a counterattack to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remark of previous governments neglecting development of Uttar Pradesh. PM Modi made the statement at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Noida International Airport on Thursday.
"Uttar Pradesh was shown false dreams by the previous governments and they kept it in deprivation and darkness. The previous governments of Uttar Pradesh had written a letter to the central government and said that the project of this airport should be shelved," said PM Modi.
PM Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone for the Noida International Airport (NIA) in Jewar, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh. He was accompanied by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia at the project site.
The airport is being developed by Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL), a 100 per cent subsidiary of the project's Swiss concessionaire Zurich International Airport AG.