Asking the state government to bring in “Ramrajya” in Uttar Pradesh, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu said that this should not be construed in terms of religion but governance to ensure a land free of fear and corruption. He also said that “Hindustan” is not associated with a religion: “Hinduism” is not a religion but a way of living.”
“Jab hum Bharat ke baare me baat karte hai na… Bhartiyata ke baare me baat karte hai na… ye mazhab se juda mamla nahi hai… mazhab to ek pooja paddhati hai. Aapko jisko pooja karna hai uska pooja karo… Ganesh ji ka pooja karna chaaho, Allah ka pooja karna chaaho… Jesus Christ ka pooja karna chaaho… Devi aur Devtaon ka koi kami nahi hai (When we talk about India, nationalism, then it is not a religious matter. Religion is just a way to worship. You worship whoever you want… Ganesha, Allah, Jesus Christ… there is no scarcity of gods and goddesses”),” Naidu said from Lucknow’s Awadh Shilpgram grounds marking the first of the three-day UP Diwas. “Ram ji ka naam bhi mazhab ke saath jodna nahi chahiye. Ram ek aadarsh purush hain… is liye Mahatma Gandhi ne kaha Ramrajya ka nirmaan hona chahiye… Ramrajya maane kya hai… jahan bhaiy, jhooth, na bhrastachar , na atyachar, na bhedbhav ho… wahi Ramrajya hai (Not even Ram’s name should be associated with religion. Ram is an ideal person. That is what Mahatma Gandhi meant when he wanted Ramrajya. Ramrajya is where there is no fear, lies, corruption, atrocity or discrimination.)”
“We believe in ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam’ and we believe in peaceful co-existence. If anyone talk against anyone else, leaving this belief and motivation then they are doing no good to this country. We should be very serious about this. We need to maintain our tradition. But, some people are trying to create differences among people with things like these. Those who left, they left, those who are living in the country are our brothers… they all are Indians,” Naidu added.
Later, Naidu announced various projects worth around Rs 25,000 crore. These included the state government’s new flagship programme — One District One Product (ODOP) scheme, which aims to provide a push to district-specific industry. He also launched a book and logo of the scheme, along with unveiling the state’s new solar policy. The beneficiaries of the Micro Units Development & Refinance Agency Limited (MUDRA) Yojna and the Standup UP Yojna too were given cheques on the occasion.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik were also present at the event. Adityanath said by connecting the various central schemes with ODOP, they hope to soon provide jobs to more than 20 lakh youths. The foundation stone for the eight-lane Purvanchal Expressway will be laid soon, he added.