UP Civic Polls: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has mocked Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi after the latter’s recent visits to temples in Gujarat. Taking a swipe at Rahul’s visit to places of worship ahead of assembly elections in PM Narendra Modi’s home state, the chief minister said the Congress scion doesn’t even know to sit properly in a temple. “Uss bechare to yeh tak pata nahi ki mandir me kaise baitha jata hai (Poor fellow (Rahul) doesn’t even know how one sits in a temple,” Adityanath said, while claiming that the Congress leader sat “like he was performing namaz” during his visit to Kashi Vishwanath Mandir in Varanasi and the priest had to tell him that it was a temple not a mosque. Yodi said this while responding to a question at an event organised by a media channel in Lucknow.
Yogi has also made a number of big claims and promises ahead of the civic body polls in the state. On Monday, Adityanath credited his government for ensuring there was no communal clashes in the state in the last eight months. Adityanath had taken oath to office in March this year after a historic win of the BJP in the state. Yogi today said that his government was committed to establishing the rule of law in the state. Addressing a public rally in Aligarh, the CM said there were “riots every week” under previous state governments and they also failed to nab the rioters. “In the past eight months, there have been no communal clashes in the state. When the BJP came to power, there was anarchy and ‘gunda raj’ in Uttar Pradesh,” PTI quoted him as saying.
No Kairana-like Exodus
Adityanath said “Today, there are no Kairana-like incidents happening in the state. The exodus of people, especially traders, from Kairana started after threats from criminals and mafia. No one will be allowed to take the law into their hands. No one today can dare to threaten a trader or abduct anyone,” he said.
आज गोरखपुर नगर निगम के चुनाव को लेकर महाराणा प्रताप इंटर कॉलेज मैदान मे विशाल जनसभा को संबोधित किया। pic.twitter.com/PLBytryHMr
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) November 20, 2017
He said this referring to the alleged exodus of Hindus from Kairana that had made headlines last year after local BJP MP Hukum Singh released a list of more than 300 families who, he claimed, fled following extortion threats and violent attacks from Muslims. “The toughness we had adopted, has shown good results. Investors from India and abroad are willing to invest in the state. Investments will create jobs, and it will increase possibilities of development. Traders who had left the state
are now returning,” Adityanath said.
On crime, rioters
The CM alleged “previous government” used to “eulogise” elements engaged in communal violence. But today no one has the audacity to give shelter to any rioter, he said. “People know that the right place for rioters and criminals… (is in jail). After the BJP government came to power, criminals have been sent behind bars and those who tried to confront the law have been killed in encounters,” the chief minister added.
Boost to Aligarh lock industry
The UP CM claimed his government had given a boost to Aligarh’s traditional lock industry. “One of the first decisions of the government was to promote the locks made in Aligarh. In this regard, it was decided that locks will be put on illegal abattoirs in the state… This will definitely help in rejuvenating the lock industry,” the chief minister said in a lighter vein.
आज लखनऊ नगर निगम के चुनाव को लेकर अवध हॉस्पिटल चौराहा, आलमबाग मे विशाल जनसभा को संबोधित किया। pic.twitter.com/dp2sGKm1Ot
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) November 19, 2017
In Agra, Yogi blamed past governments of the state for obstructing development. “Past governments could not build 29,000 houses, while in just eight months we have constructed 11 lakh houses,” he said.
For Taj Mahal
Adityanath said that his government has cleared Rs 370 crore for a rubber check dam downstream of the Taj Mahal. He also said that the UP government has approved funds for a civil airport and for improving water supply in the Taj city. A detailed project report for the Agra Metro has also been cleared.
Policy for vendors
In Mathura, Yogi Adityanath said his government has introduced a new policy for vendors to bring them under the organised sector.
Adityanath said the UP government would set up ‘goshalas’ under 16 civic bodies, while Mathura’s pilgrim centres such as Goverdhan, Gokul, Nandgaon, Baldeo would be developed to attract more tourists.