Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday surprised many by holding a cabinet met at the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj and followed it by a holy dip in river Ganga. The cabinet meeting at Kumbh was the first by the UP chief minister outside Lucknow. The meeting was held at the “integrated control and command centre” set up at the sprawling Kumbh Mela venue itself.
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During the cabinet meeting, the chief minister announced a 600 km long ‘Ganga expressway’, connecting Meerut to Prayagraj. The green-field project will cover districts like Amroha, Bulandshahr, Badaun, Shahjahanpur, Farukhabad, Hardoi, Kannauj, Unnao, Rae Bareli and Pratapgarh. Adityanath claimed that it will be the ‘world’s biggest’ expressway which will be built on nearly 6500 hectares of land, with four land access control.
Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said apart from “all cabinet ministers” and some junior ministers, ‘sadhus” also took the holy dip on the “historic day”. CM Adityanath and members of his cabinet also offered prayers at a Hanuman temple.
The cabinet ministers are supposed to head to watch Vicky Kaushal starrer ‘Uri’ which is based on the 2016 surgical strikes at a special screening in a mobile theatre. He said, “Adhik se adhik yuva dekh sakein.. desh ke saurya aur parakaram ka prateek” (So that more and more youngsters can watch the symbol of valour and achievement of the country). The chief minister has also decided to give state GST exemption to the film’.
The UP CM had condoled the death of former union minister George Fernandes at the cabinet meet today.