Updated: March 20, 2021 6:36:51 am
On completion of four years of the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday said that his government “transformed” the state and its perception through “reforms” and “performance”, and attributed the “turnaround” to “improved law and order condition”.
Addressing a press conference in Lucknow, where he launched a booklet – Dashko Mein Jo Na Ho Paya, Chaar Varsh Mein Kar Dikhaya – Adityanath said: “While earlier no one wanted to come to Uttar Pradesh because of a sense of insecurity, there is no fear now… Earlier, however, the scene was different. Our government has also taken strict action against professional criminals, mafia elements and others harming peace, and this has set a standard for others in the country.”
“This is the same state, where people were not able to celebrate festivals with peace. I can say this today with happiness and pride that in the past four years all the festivals have been celebrated peacefully and there has not been a riot,” he said, and added that one of the reasons why “people were ready to invest” in the state was that they do not fear loss or damage of property during riots.
Stating that the “mantra” of his government has been “reform, perform and transform”, the Chief Minister said, “In the last four years, there has been a positive change in the perception of Uttar Pradesh in the country as well as in the world… It is because of the concerted efforts that Uttar Pradesh has come out of the ‘BIMARU’ state category and become a capable and efficient state and as a leading economy in the country… Efforts have been made to do better the lives of all — be it farmers, youth or women. Change has been brought in every sector.”
Slamming the Opposition parties over their charge of “deteriorating law and order situation” in the state, Adityanath said: “The result of the zero-tolerance policy towards criminals has been that when compared to the figures of 2016-2017, there has been a fall of 65.72 per cent in cases of dacoity; 66.15 per cent in cases of loot; 19.80 per cent in cases of murder and 45.43 per cent in cases of rape in the state.”
He also dismissed the Opposition’s charge that his government was biased in its action against criminals. “ A criminal is a criminal and does not have a caste, creed or religion. The government would continue to do whatever is necessary for the betterment of its 24 crore people,” he said and listed the decision to introducing commissionerate system in Gautam Budh Nagar and Lucknow as part of police reform.
Among the “achievements” of his government, Adityanath listed Covid-19 management, creation of infrastructure, attracting investment, proper implementation of central as well as state welfare schemes as well as the launch of the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
Claiming to have worked towards better road and air connectivity, the Chief Minister said land has been taken back from “land mafias” is being used as a “land bank” for bringing investment or to give it to poor families on lease.
He said that when his government came to power in 2017, the state was facing a “major problem of road connectivity and electricity supply”, which, he said, have now been resolved.
He said that while the state could get just two expressways since Independence, his government constructing five expressways.
Later in the day, while speaking at the inauguration of an exhibition on four years of his government, Adityanath said: “Ab yeh purana wala Uttar Pradesh nahi. Yeh pradesh ab naye Bharat ka naya Uttar Pradesh hai” (This is no longer the old Uttar Pradesh, it is new Uttar Pradesh of new India).”
He also hit out at his predecessor and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, who is a Lok Sabha member from Azamgarh, saying: “Azamgarh elected Samajwadi Party leaders several times, but during their regime, people of Azamgarh were seen with suspicion. Today, Azamgarh is not known for terrorism but for development.”
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