Urging people of Uttar Pradesh to put an end to all kinds of divisions in the society, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said casteism, regionalism, and differences based on language, creed and religion have “irreparably harmed” the state.
Speaking at an event to celebrate the 74th foundation day of Uttar Pradesh, Adiytanath said the biggest challenge is to elevate the state from these divisions and expose those creating them to make Uttar Pradesh a prosperous state.
“Jaativad, chhetravad, bhashavad, matt aur majhab ke aadhar par vibhajan ki rekhaon ne Uttar Pradesh ki apurna chhatti ki hai… Inn vikratiyon ko sarvadha samapt karke, humein Uttar Pradesh ko desh ke samridhtam rajyon ki shreni me khara karna hoga… Sabse badi challenge humare samne hogi.. jo ye vibhajan kari takaten hai, unhe benakab karna hoga… Bhrashtachar par jordar prahar karna hoga (The lines of division on the basis of casteism, regionalism, differences based on language, creed and religion have irreparably harmed Uttar Pradesh. By eliminating these, we will make Uttar Pradesh one of the most prosperous states in the country. However, there will be the biggest challenge in front of us. In order to overcome them, those who are dividing forces have to be exposed. Corruption has to be attacked),” Adityanath said.
“The state has to overcome these challenges to become the growth engine of the country, as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As we are bringing Uttar Pradesh out of darkness and taking it to the pinnacle of development, we also must associate with Prime Minister Modi’s vision of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’ and expose the divisive forces,” the CM added.
He also said that being born in UP is a matter of pride in itself. “It is difficult to be born in India and it is more difficult to be born as a human being. If there is an opportunity to be born in Uttar Pradesh, then it is a pride for an Indian,” the chief minister said.
“This is the birthplace of ‘Maryada Purushottam’ Lord Shri Ram and ‘Leeladhari’ Shri Krishna. It is the holy land of Tathagat Gautam Buddha…also the land of Ganga-Yamuna,” Adityanath said as the state government launched a three-day celebration to mark Uttar Pradesh Divas.
Stating that Uttar Pradesh played a significant role in creating a modern India and was the focal point of the country’s first freedom struggle, Adityanath said, “Mangal Pandey in Barrackpore announced the start of the freedom movement, which was led by Rani Lakshmibai from Jhansi, Bandhu Singh from Gorakhpur, and Dhan Singh Kotwal from Meerut. This state saw both the Kakori train incident and the Chauri Chaura incident. This land belongs to freedom fighters and their countless sacrifices,” he said. Naimisharanya of Sitapur is the base of India’s Vedic knowledge and it is also in UP, he added.
Giving credit to former Governor Ram Naik for organising UP Day, Adityanath said, “I cannot forget that when the double-engine government was formed in 2017, then Governor Ram Naik reminded all of us that all the states have their own foundation day and organise it as their day, but UP does not. He (Naik) expressed the desire to organise it and in 2018 it was started,” the CM said.
Saying that the flagship scheme of “One District One Product” (ODOP) was launched on UP Divas in 2018, the CM said that since then, Uttar Pradesh’s exports have doubled. “This is the inspiring story of the brand new Uttar Pradesh,” he added.
The inaugural event was attended by Governor Anandiben Patel and several ministers, including Deputy CM Brajesh Pathak. On the occasion, several schemes including, Chief Minister Handicraft Pension Scheme, Handicraft Marketing Promotion Scheme, and exemption in stamp duty were launched. While the state Planning Department issued a Family Card on the occasion, the Agriculture Department launched a dashboard for millet promotion scheme and natural farming.
The CM Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme was launched by Governor Patel. The scheme, the government said, would benefit seven and a half lakh graduates in one year.
Sixteen artists were given Vivekananda Youth Award by the Youth Welfare Department. Five artisans and handicraftsmen associated were honoured with the Mati Kala Khadi Gramodyog Award. Nine sportspersons were honoured with Lakshman and Rani Lakshmibai awards by the Sports Department.