Bhubaneswar: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Singh Yadav on Thursday described his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik as a senior and experienced leader.
“I had the opportunity to interact with a matured and popular leader and learn a great deal from him,” he said while addressing a joint press briefing with Naveen Patnaik after meeting the latter at his State Secretariat chamber in the evening.
Thanking the Odisha chief minister for sparing his valuable time, Akhilesh said he had the first-hand information about a number of ongoing welfare schemes in Odisha.
To a question about the topic of discussion he had with the Odisha chief minister, Yadav said he was briefed about the Mamata Yojana, a pension scheme, housing scheme for the poor and other health schemes.
“The Odisha chief minister should also pay his visit to Lucknow”, he said.
When asked by the media persons whether he had sacked eight ministers from his cabinet on the basis of their performance and allow the young blood in their place, he told them to talk about good things now.
He, however, said he cannot take a decision in this regard now.
“Some people have worked very well while remaining with the government and there are others who are also willing to work even better”, he pointed out.
In his address, Naveen said he was delighted that the honourable chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Singh Yadav is visiting Odisha.
“We had a discussion about matters of mutual interests in the projects we are doing well in Uttar Pradesh and Odisha like the insurance policy, the Expressway from Lucknow to Agra, the work we have done on Metro. I gave him some literatures on Mamta scheme etc”, he pointed out.