Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who is on a 2-day visit to his Lok Sabha constituency Gorakhpur, today inaugurated a new terminal at the Gorakhpur airport. Soon after the inauguration, Adityanath attended an event where he spoke about the minority communities. During his speech, the UP CM said, “Jab mujhe CM ke roop mein unhone (PM) bheja to kaha, agenda mein kisaan, Dalit aur gareeb hona chahiye.” (When Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent me here as the chief minister, he stated that there should be farmers, Dalit and poor people in your agenda). Later in the day, Adityanath will hold a feast where he will be sharing food with over 100 Dalits in the town. As per a report by India Today, massive arrangements have been done in Gorakhpur’s Harnampur village where the food feast will take place. A makeshift kitchen has been set up and a smile menu has been decided. For the UP CM, a special seat has been prepared on the ground and others will be seated in rows in front of him.
UP CM’s decision to have lunch with Dalits is touted as a move to enhance his party’s image. Since the Dalit-Thakur clash which took place last month in Gorakhur, Adityanath government has started focusing on marginalised communities to win them over – these social groups were said to have been ignored by the previous governments. The UP government, after launching various immunisation schemes, had also announced the opening of intermediate college in Balrampur district that is largely populated by the Musahar community.
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Even earlier today, Adityanath after inaugurating the airport terminal said that it would provide all commuters better and enhanced facilities. As per IANS, Adityanath also recalled how the Gorakhpur airport was opened for the first time for commercial flights in late 1980s but was later shut down. He also stated that how his efforts made Sahara Airlines start flights from Gorakhpur in 2000.
With Air India and Spice Jet operational in the city, Gorakhpur Airport will soon have more private airline carriers, he added.