After Ayodhya, the CM’s visit to Chitrakoot is being seen as part of the state government’s push to bring its religious destinations on the tourism map
Amid all this, the UP government has been stepping up efforts to revive a Hindutva identity for Ayodhya.
BJP district vice-president Manoj Srivastava is another ticket seeker. A former corporator, he is a member of the BJP’s organisational unit since 1990.
On the Opposition alleging that Adityanath does not celebrate festivals with his family at home, CM said that the “entire UP and society was his family”.
At around 4 pm, actors dressed as Lord Ram, Sita and Laxman landed at a helipad near the park and were welcomed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Governor Ram Naik, Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma and Tourism Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi
The situation, he said, has improved under his government, and if the feeder supports, Ayodhya could get 24-hour power supply in future. Past governments had done discrimination in distribution of power supply and in development, he added.
Stating that his government would fulfill its duty towards conservation of Taj Mahal, Adityanath announced that he would visit Agra on October 26 to review the development projects in and around the Taj Mahal.
CM Yogi Adityanath, Governor, ministers and some priests will address the gathering of locals and tourists, who will assemble at the park for ‘Deepotsav’ — a grand Diwali celebration being organised by the state government for the first time.
Sangeet Som, a two-time MLA from Sardhana, was earlier named in a case related to the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, after he allegedly shared a video on Facebook showing two persons being beaten to death by a mob.
Most of the 55 members in the new national executive, formed after Akhilesh’s re-election earlier this month as party chief, are those who supported him during the feud in Samajwadi Party family.
The party unveiled the plan during a meeting between Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, state BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey, state ministers and party MLAs Sunday.
According to sources, a senior party leader said, in the meeting that Opposition parties will contest the election with full strength and the ruling party needs to cash in on the “favourable” atmosphere to record a win in all municipal bodies.
On candidates, Maheshwari said while the first priority will be volunteers, those socially active and connected with the people would also be considered. “There will be no compromise on character and corruption,” he added.
The ‘Shradhanjali Sabha’ is set be a show of strength of the ruling alliance in the state. While Apna Dal has one MLA (Soraon) from Phulpur, it has nine MLAs in the Assembly and two members in the Lok Sabha.
Sources said that a few incidents of protests and dharnas by party leaders and MLAs against the district administration has upset Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and senior leaders of party organisations.
Earlier, the Basic Education Department replaced school bags carrying former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s photograph with saffron-coloured bags, to be distributed to government primary schools.
Shah said that while Amethi is known across the world because it is the home turf of the Gandhi-Nehru family, no development has taken place when all important posts — from the panchayat to Parliament — was with the Gandhi family for 70 years.
According to a press communique released from Raj Bhavan, Principal Secretary, Tourism, Awanish Kumar Awasthi made the presentation.
BJP state vice-president and in-charge for local body polls JPS Rathore said that “winnability” will be criteria for selection of candidates
The party has named the celebrations “Vikas Jyoti Utsava”, for which five events will be organised by the party’s youth wing in each such village on October 18 from 5 pm to 7 pm.
The meeting, to be attended by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Cabinet ministers, and senior leaders, is also likely to pass a resolution praising the Centre’s move of rolling out GST.
"I am very happy that my BJP friends are trying to inaugurate these projects again. But these works for Amethi have been done by us,” Rahul told reporters on his second day of visit to his constituency.
Of UP’s 80 seats, the BJP won 71 in 2014 while the Apna Dal won two. Of the remaining seven, Amethi was won by Rahul Gandhi and Rae Bareli by Sonia Gandhi.
It is Rahul Gandhi’s first visit to his constituency Amethi since the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls and local party leaders were heartened by the change in him.
Mulayam had earlier asked the public to support the party.
Rahul said that the Congress government gave four national highways, a food park and several other infrastructure projects to Amethi, but the BJP has hurt the people of Amethi. He alleged said that the food park project was removed from Amethi.
This was Rahul Gandhi’s first visit here since the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh six months ago in which the Congress lost in all the seats of Amethi.
Sources said SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav was likely to skip the meeting for the first time since he founded the party.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath is in Gorakhnath temple for the last five days to perform the rituals as the head priest of the temple. He will return to his role as chief minister on Sunday.
According to temple staff, “Mahantji” has been conducting “special pujas” at the temple from 4 am to 7 am and 4 pm to 7 pm, every day over the last five days.
Since Tuesday, UP CM Yogi Adityanath has been busy in his other role — as head priest of the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur, conducting special pujas during Navaratri.
Samajwadi Party’s 10th national convention will be held in Agra on October 5 and party national executive committee will meet there on October 4 to pass political and economic resolutions.
Adityanath has visited Ayodhya at least twice after assuming office and has already announced that he will visit the religious place frequently in the future.
The relationship between Akhilesh and Shivpal purportedly hit rock bottom when Shivpal’s attempts at merging the Quami Ekta Dal (QED) with the party were scuttled. Mulayam, had even addressed party workers saying the SP would split if Shivpal left.
According to sources, Mulayam had sent Shivpal the text of the speech he was to give on Monday. In it he had written of having been “insulted” when he was not invited to the state party convention last week.
The buses will be saffron in colour and will carry a photograph of Upadhyaya. “Ideology of Antyodaya was given by Upadhyaya. That ideology with his photograph will reach people in remote villages through the bus service,” said a BJP leader.