Uttar Pradesh law and order situation top priority for incoming CM Yogi Adityanath

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed DGP Javeed Ahmed to ensure that there is no laxity in improving the state's law and order situation, hours after a BSP leader was shot dead in Allahabad.

Official sources said Adityanath expressed concern over the incident and stressed that restoring law and order was top priority for his government. Mohammad Shami, a 60-year-old BSP leader, was gunned down by assailants close to his residence in Mauaima, 40 km from Allahabad, on Sunday night.

File image of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. PTI

File image of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. PTI

The UP DGP has been asked to hold video conferences with the district magistrates and superintendents of police of all 75 districts of the state to take stock of law and order situation and other administrative issues, they said.

Deputy chief ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma also met Adityanath. Maurya told reporters that the first meeting of the state Cabinet would discuss all key issues mentioned in BJP's Sankalp patra, which include loan waiver to farmers and ban on mechanised slaughter houses.

Sharma told mediapersons that his meeting was just a courtesy call. "We will work for the welfare of the people with full vigour and ensure that the work is visible on the ground," he said.

Earlier in the day, chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, the DGP and principal secretary Home Debashish Panda met the chief minister at the VVIP guest house ahead of his meeting with the senior officials of the state.

The portfolios to the new ministers are likely to be announced soon. A 47-member council of ministers, including two deputy CMs, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by governor Ram Naik on Sunday.

Adityanath, who was sworn-in as the 21st chief minister of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, has promised to work for all sections of the society without any discrimination, pursuing the agenda of "sabka sath, sabka vikas".

Updated Date: Mar 20, 2017 14:51 PM

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