Even as various sections of the society and the media remained skeptical of the direction the new dispensation in Uttar Pradesh seems to be taking, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday again repeated his commitment to Narendra Modi's Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas slogan.
Seeking to put at rest all qualms of his opponents, and a closely observant media, Adityanath said that "development for all, but appeasement of none," was the mantra of his government, even as the chief minister announced a package of Rs 1 lakh to those undertaking the Hindu pilgrimage of Kailash-Mansarovar. Amid resounding applause and cheers, the chief minister also announced the construction of a Kailash Bhawan either in Ghaziabad, Noida or Lucknow from where pilgrims could embark on the holy journey.
Adityanath said that until now the preceding governments had been indulging specific castes and communities, but he "will show them how a government is run," while adding that with the chief minister's post comes immense responsibility which he is aware of.
"There would be no discrimination on the basis of caste, religion or gender. There will be development of all. But there will not be any appeasement of any section," he said.
He said Uttar Pradesh had been deprived of the benefits of developement during the previous regimes and promised that his government would bring in the fruits of progress to the last man.
Aditya Nath, who took over as the Chief Minister last Sunday, talked about his priorities like safety of women, opportunities for youth, support for farmers and labour. He said that there would be no place for 'goonda raj' and corruption under his rule.
Adityanath was speaking in his hometown Gorakhpur, where a grand welcome was organised for the homecoming of the newly appointed chief minister. He has been a five-time MP from the town and enjoys massive support base amid the locals in the city. The Gorakhdham head priest's appointment as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister had raised eyebrows as Adityanath has had an image of a fringe leader, who was largely deemed anti-minority due to his several controversial statements.
However, Adityanath now seems to be poised for an image makeover as he talks of a tough and resolute administration and sabka sath sabka vikas. From women's security to protecting the rights of small and marginal farmers, Adityanath sought to highlight the caste/ religion-neutral developmental schemes his government was undertaking.
Addressing a huge gathering at the Pratap Inter College in Gorakhpur, the chief minister said that he was pained to see that the public places were so unsafe for women. He said that the much touted anti-Romeo squad formed by his government was tasked to reclaim the public spaces for the women and girls. "We want to introduce a system in the state, where women
could move on the streets even at 11.00 pm without any fear. Only then, they would feel secure," he said.
There has been much apprehension about the said scheme as people were concerned whether the administration will indulge in vigilantism, and hunting down the youth from a particular community under the garb of women security. However, Adityanath said that he has given clear instructions to the police force not to disturb or harass "innocent, consenting couples meeting in public spaces."
The chief minister also spoke about the welfare schemes he will undertake for the benefit of farmers. He said a team of two ministers and some officials has gone to Chattisgarh to study their system which is "very efficient". He said that his government, after hearing the plight of farmers who were not able to sell their produce, has decided to ensure that the government procures 100 percent produce of the farmers at the minimum support price. He said that arrangements were underway to directly credit the minimum support prices to the farmers' bank accounts to weed out chances of red tapism and corruption across the procurement chain.
Adityanath acknowledged the possibility raised by his critiques that unruly incidents by his supporters may erupt across the state, as he sounded a strict warning to the people. The leader, whose ascent to power is seen with suspicion by some sections, also told the BJP cadres and supporters not to be "over zealous" in celebrating the party's historic poll victory and not to take the law into their hands as it could provide "anarchist" forces a chance to disturb law and order
"Aap log apne utsah me josh me hosh mat kho baithiyega... sari vyavastha aur nyay sucharu rup se chalna chahiye varna jo log kanun vyavastha me khalal dalenge unhe chhoda nahi jayega (Don't lose your calm amid enthusiasm... those violating law and order won't be spared)." Adityanath also warned people against taking the law into their own hands, while adding that the impetus, under his government, will remain on restoring the rule of law and he will not tolerate any laxity there.
The Uttar Pradesh chief minister promised to fix all pothole ridden roads across the state saying that he had already given the Public Works Department a deadline of 15 June to fix them.
Regarding the closure of illegal abbattoirs, Aditya Nath said the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had in the past couple of years insisted on their closure. "The government would not touch those (abbattoirs) which are operating as per the provisions of law and have a valid licence. But, those which are violating the orders of the NGT and playing with the health of the public, would not be
spared, and the illegal abattoirs would be closed down," the Chief Minister said.
He said the Chief Minister's post is not just a post for him "but it is a responsibility towards 22 crore people of the state.
"We have to do a lot in UP. BJP will show how a government should work. It will be corruption-free government and goonda raj will end," the Chief Minister asserted in Gorakhpur, his Lok Sabha constituency, where he got a huge reception.
After the rally, the chief minister visited the Gorakhdham temple and offered special prayers. He will spend the night in his hometown, before returning to Lucknow on Sunday.
With inputs from PTI
Updated Date: Mar 25, 2017 23:04 PM