The chief minister, Yogi Adityanath is moving too fast. It’s too much, too soon. It has been only two full days of him taking over as the chief minister that he has got cracking with the fulfilling the saffron agenda. We know that he is a man in hurry with eyes on 2019 elections, but he still has time to stagger his initiatives and carry out the tasks with due diligence. For two days, he has done a lot. Banned some of the illegal slaughter houses, cracked down on spitting on the walls, or advised against using pan masala, plastic and pan, closed down meat shops in some areas, directed the police on zero tolerance on cow slaughtering and unleashed anti-Romeo squads for women.
He has even given out a dress code for the unkempt babus in the state ministries. So many initiatives in two days shows these are hasty moves. He has a five-year term, but has at least two years before 2019, so what’s the hurry? Yogi made his intentions very clear in the Parliament when he said that many things can be done away with in the state of Uttar Pradesh. But the moves have to be well calibrated. It is an important state and things can swing either ways if not well-thought out.
Look at the cow vigilantism in Hathras that has backfired and an FIR lodged against the unidentified people. He is carrying out the agenda with the belief that he can get away with anything. Another possibility, though, is that Yogi Adityanath is being carried along by the forces he’s unleashed. And whether Yogi likes it or not we are a democracy, with democratic traditions of freedom, equality and liberty.