CM Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh Government will soon come up with a new excise policy under which no liquor shops would be allowed along highways, near educational institutions or religious places and in densely populated areas, PTI reported. The announcement was made by Chief Minister Adityanath himself at the inaugural session of the BJP state executive meeting in Lucknow. The CM’s statement comes in the wake of a number of liquor-related tragedies in the state in recent years.
Indicating that his decisions have public welfare at their core, The CM said that rival parties had tried to project the BJP as communal and therefore “untouchable”, but now lately people have realised that the party stood for promoting their interests. “There is a flutter in the political spectrum after the UP poll results. Politics of nepotism, casteism and appeasement will now end and only politics of development and ‘rashtra bhakti’ (nationalism) will sustain,” Adityanath said.
He further cited his government’s works in the field of women’s safety and security. Adityanath said that the government constituted anti-Romoeo squads within 24 hours of assuming office as was promised in the BJP election manifesto. He added that while some opposed the move, women across the state appreciated it and their comments came in media.
He also justified government’s crackdown on illegal abattoirs. The CM accused earlier governments of not taking proper actions to shut down slaughter houses. “Police officers were stabbed and beaten when they went for the closure of such slaughter houses in the previous regime. I told them (police) that now government has changed…all knives have now vanished and all illegal slaughter houses were closed. Those functioning will also be taken care of,” Adityanath was quoted as saying by PTI. The CM also alleged previous government of backing those who operated illegal slaughterhouses due to which they could create nuisance.