In a big surprise that he pulled in the Lok Sabha while delivering a spectacular speech, the newly sworn-in Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath initially made the general statements that he was expected to, which included praising PM Narendra Modi as a ‘global icon’ and expressing his gratitude to the premier for his manifold contributions to promote the welfare of the people of the state. He also castigated the previous Samajwadi party government led by former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav for not being able to provide a proper direction with his policies and blamed his statesmanship for not being abe to even spend amounts sanctioned to improve the conditions of the poor people. He, in fact, said, that the previous government had been speaking up for being on side of the minorities and the poor and yet they did nothing for them. Adityanath said that this point is clear from the fact that statistics show that almost 80-90% of those dying from poverty and other causes were made up of people coming from these depressed communities. Adityanath then started to spell out his vision for the state and amongst the first things that he said was that his government will ensure the implementation of all policies that will be directed at the welfare of the people irrespective of their castes and religions and promised to be at the forefront of activities that will tangibly improve the lives of all concerned – he said that Uttar Pradesh is in for an overall transformation in fortunes.
Among the most important things that Adityanath highlighted was clear from this statement of his, which brought him a thunderous applause in the Lok Sabha from the gathered MPs there; he said, “The transformed Uttar Pradesh of our dreams will be ‘goonda gardi-mukt, brashtachaar-mukt’ (free of goons and corruption).”
His prime agenda, going by PM Narendra Modi speeches during campaigning is to ensure law and order and end the corruption raj that marked the Samajwadi Party’s years in power. The next issue on the agenda is to bring in economic development across all sections of society without discriminating against any caste or religion.