Updated: July 16, 2021 2:40:33 am
Setting the ground for the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday lauded Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s “hard work” and said the successful handling of the Covid-19 second wave by the state was “abhutpurva” (unprecedented). The PM was visiting his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi, after over eight months.
Modi also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of projects in Varanasi worth Rs 1,583 crore. Later, he inaugurated the International Cooperation and Convention Centre, Rudraksh, constructed with Japanese assistance.
Targeting the previous government, Modi said the Adityanath government had worked for “vikaswad” (development) and was not based on corruption or “Bhai-Bhatijawad” (nepotism). He said at present, the rule of law exists in UP and “mafia raj” as well as terrorism had been brought under control. Those who cast an eye on women knew that they would not be able to protect themselves from the law, the PM said.
He said the way in which Uttar Pradesh, one of the biggest states whose population is more than many countries, controlled the second wave of Covid was unprecedented. Taking a dig at previous regimes, Modi said people had seen a time when diseases such as Japanese Encephalitis had wreaked havoc and even a small crisis used to get compounded due to lack of will.
The Prime Minister said Uttar Pradesh has seen the maximum number of Covid testings and vaccinations in the country today. He added that even medical infrastructure had seen an unprecedented improvement across the state and added that Kashi was turning into a big medical hub in the Purvanchal region.
Citing infrastructure projects like expressways, a defence corridor and efforts made in the field of agriculture, Modi said Uttar Pradesh used to get development schemes before 2017 as well, ever since his government had come to power at the Centre in 2014, but all works used to get blocked in Lucknow. He added that today the CM personally worked hard and visited every district, including Varanasi.
The PM also spoke on how 550 oxygen plants were being installed across the state, among which 14 were inaugurated on Thursday. He also talked on how paediatric ICU facilities were improved across the state.
Modi said at present, work on development schemes worth Rs 8,000 crore were in progress. Large LED screens were being installed across Varanasi that would offer information on various subjects, including history, architecture, crafts and art, on Kashi. The LED screens would also broadcast aarti from the Ganga ghats and Kashi Vishwanath temple.
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