Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yogi Adityanath were seen staging demonstration outside party headquarters in Lucknow soon after the party sealed his name for the 32nd chief minister of Uttar Pradesh after a week-long suspense. The decision was taken after an internal party meeting held at Lok Bhawan that saw central observers incuding Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and national general secretary Bhupendra Yadav, BJP vice-president Om Mathur, state party chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and other senior party leaders in full attendance.
Adityanath, who is a long-time BJP MP from Gorakhpur, has been winning the Gorakhpur seat in UP since 1998, at 26, he was the youngest MP in the 12th Lok Sabha. Soon after the BJP created an electoral mandate by winning 312 seats in a 403-member house in UP, changes in terms of development and religion is being expected from the saffron party. Looking at the vigour of the supporters, here is what Adityanath’s supporters want from their firebrand leader after he takes charge as the chief minister of the state.
End of religion-based discrimination
Unlike the previous Samajwadi Party (SP) regime, BJP, since the time of assembly polls promotions has stressed on the need to end the religion-based discrimination in the state. During a rally in Fatehpur, PM Modi had claimed that there was a form of religious discrimination going on in UP when it came to supplying electricity. PM Modi said that if there is electricity supply during Ramzan, then it should be the same during Diwali. PM Modi also said that Adityanath, who has a long time BJP MP is expected to end this caste-based biasness in the state. The Akhilesh Yadav-led government was touted to give a preference to Muslims over Hindus in this regard.
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Boost to PM Modi’s development agenda
BJP landslide victory in UP clearly indicates people support for the Prime Minister’s development agenda. Adityanath is expected to work towards people’s faith in BJP’s pro-poor policies, anti-corruption measures such as demonetisation, zero tolerance to terrorism and boosting digital economy in the state.
Improvement in Law and Order
The BJP had been loud on blaming the Akhilesh Yadav-led SP government over the failure of law and order in UP. In many of his rallies, PM Modi had plead to voters to defeat SP-Congress combine and BSP, blaming these parties for the plight of Uttar Pradesh. The Prime Minister has asserted that only BJP could restore law and order in the state where ‘women are afraid to go out of their homes unless accompanied by a male member of the family’. The newly elected chief minister of the state, who holds a huge support in various parts, is expected to work towards improving the law and order situation in the state.