Updated: December 29, 2021 5:46:02 am
TARGETING OPPOSITION parties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that those who ran governments in the past in Uttar Pradesh lost valuable time and opportunities of 21st century when the state should have progressed at a faster speed. The state’s development was never a priority for them, he said.
“The double engine government of Uttar Pradesh today is trying to make up for that loss of time. We are working at double speed,” the Prime Minister said while addressing a public meeting after inaugurating Kanpur Metro Rail Project.
He also undertook a Metro ride from IIT station to Geeta Nagar and inaugurated the Bina-Panki Multiproduct Pipeline Project, which extends from Bina refinery in Madhya Pradesh to Panki in Kanpur.
In his address, the Prime Minister said Uttar Pradesh’s image has undergone a massive change. The state that was once infamous for gangs and illegal arms is today building defence corridor for the nation’s security, he said.
“That is why the people of Uttar Pradesh are saying – farq saaf hai (the difference is clear between the BJP and others),” he said.
Continuing to attack the Opposition, the Prime Minister said that previous governments were run with a mindset that they had won a lottery to loot the state for five years. The previous governments nurtured criminals and mafia, which resulted in closure of industries in the state. “Now, the Yogi (Adityanath) government has restored rule of law and hence investment is increasing and criminals are going to jails… Double engine government is promoting industry culture in Uttar Pradesh,” Modi said.
He said that political parties that indulged in corruption and showed hospitality to “bahubalis” cannot develop Uttar Pradesh and that is why they see problems with every move aimed at empowering society. “So they oppose measures aimed at women empowerment, such as strict law against triple talaq and bringing age of marriage for women on a par with men. They only oppose,” he said.
Referring to the recent seizure of cash and gold from a Kanpur-based perfume trader, Modi took a swipe at the opposition Samajwadi Party. “Boxes filled with notes that have stumbled out, I was thinking they will say that this was also done by us,” he said.
“Before 2017, the perfume of corruption that they (Samajwadi Party) had sprinkled all over Uttar Pradesh is there for everyone to see. But now they have keeping their mouths shut and not coming forward to take credit. The mountain of notes that the entire nation has seen, that is their achievement and reality. The people of the state understand all that and therefore they are with those who develop Uttar Pradesh,” he said.
Talking about development, the Prime Minister said opening of the first phase of the 9-km stretch of Kanpur Metro will give the people of the city relief from traffic congestion. He said after Independence there was a belief that everything new and good should happen in on 3 or 4 metro cities. Those who ruled in the past did not pay heed to aspirations of those who lived in other cities. “Our government is giving priority to such cities as well in development,” he said, adding that Metro projects were in progress in Agra and Meerut and Metro rail was proposed in other cities as well.
The Prime Minister stressed that before 2014, the total length of Metro running in Uttar Pradesh was 9 km. Between 2014 and 2017, it increased to 18 km. With the Kanpur Metro now, the length of Metro in the state has exceeded 90 km, he said. “That is why Uttar Pradesh says – farq saaf hai,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the politics of self-interest during the previous regime completely ruined industrial development of Kanpur city. He also said that despite the pandemic, work of Kanpur Metro project was completed ahead of time.
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