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No English or computers please: SP

Lucknow, April 11
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, who unveiled his party’s manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls here today, said the party was against English education and use of computers. The manifesto also said the party would work to ensure that they were curbed if a government is formed with its support.

“The use of computers in offices is creating unemployment problems. Our party feels that if work can be done by a person using hands there is no need to deploy machines,” Mulayam Singh said at a press conference after unveiling the manifesto.

The party is also against the use of agricultural machines and high corporate salaries.

“A harvesting season brings employment for the labour class for at least six months but these harvesters will snatch their earnings. The salaries provided by private firms should be in sync with the minimum wages that have been set by the government. This is only the way to build up a strong national capital,” he said.

“Previous governments have promoted forward trading, share trading and mall culture. Any government formed with our support will either reduce or stop it completely,” he added. The manifesto also mentions that it would work to abolish schools providing expensive education in English medium and provide free education for girls till graduation.

However, modifying this promise, Mulayam Singh said: “We will only press for removing the compulsory use of English language in education, administration and judiciary. We favour the use of national and regional languages.”

“The Samajwadi Party will focus on increasing security at the borders and ensuring that India has better policies with regards to neighbours like Pakistan and Bangladesh. The forums across the world which deal with the issue of terrorism work at the behest of America,” said Mulayam. — IANS



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