More than a month after forming the government in the state, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cadres to change their mindsets and not to take the law into their hands as the party is in power now and no longer in the opposition, an Indian Express report said. “When we speak about not letting others take the law into their hands, we too should not take the law into our hands,” the chief minister said in his opening address, at the start of the two-day meet in Lucknow yesterday.
Asking the party leaders to inform the state government if they find anything wrong, he said the government will remove any loopholes that others look to take advantage of. “But we will have to change our mindset too. Now we are not in the Opposition, but the ruling party,” he was quoted to have said by the paper.
Remarks had come days after the BJP and Bajrang Dal workers clashed with police in Saharanpur and Agra, which led to criticism from Opposition parties. Senior RSS functionaries recently expressed their concern on the “honour” of the cadres, in a meeting with the government. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya reacted to that by saying that the party will not compromise on the ‘honour of the workers’, but they should also ensure that no act against the government is carried out.
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Yogi Adityanath further said, when his government had ordered illegal slaughter house to be closed in the state, some people had visited him and expressed concern over employment and health issues
“I said we are completely vegetarian, we do not eat onion and garlic, but are we less stronger than you? Most members of my cabinet are vegetarian and they work from 7 am to 1 am. Are you calling them weak?” he was quoted to have said by Indian Express.