Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said the Yogi Adityanath-led government has taken Uttar Pradesh to the “top spot” in terms of law and order and claimed that the Opposition parties should be “mentally prepared for another massive defeat” in the Assembly elections due early next year.
Addressing a function after laying the foundation stone of the Uttar Pradesh State Institute of Forensic Sciences in Lucknow, Shah said that the state government has done a “great job” by making Uttar Pradesh “top in 44 development schemes”.
“In 2017 (Assembly polls), the BJP promised that we will make UP a developed state and also revamp its law and order. Today in 2021, I can say with pride that Yogi Adityanath and his team have taken UP to the top spot in terms of law and order,” Shah said.
Calling Adityanath yashasvi (glorious) and safal (successful), Shah credited him for effectively implementing development and welfare schemes in the state.
“In every sector, UP, under the leadership of Yogi Adityanath, has done a very good work. The economy of the state grew from Rs 11 lakh crore to Rs 22 lakh crore in four years, and has become number two in the country,” he added.
Shah also praised the UP government for its management of the pandemic, and underlined that the maximum number of vaccinations and tests were done in the state.
“Under the leadership of (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi ji, the BJP governments are working towards public welfare with sensitivity, and UP is ahead of all. I believe that for this transformation, the great public of UP had given an opportunity to the BJP to administer by giving more than 300 seats,” he said.
“We had promised that the government will not be for a particular caste or family, it will be for everyone. And, today, I can say that we have moved ahead significantly,” Shah said.
Hitting out at the Opposition, Shah said, “They were not seen during the floods or Covid crisis. At the time, when it was needed to waive off the loans of farmers, they were busy in mauj-masti (fun and frolic). They wear new clothes at the time of elections and come out.”
Later, Shah visited Mirzapur where he laid the foundation of Vindhyachal Corridor Project after performing puja at Maa Vindhyavasini Devi temple. There he accused previous non-BJP governments of not carrying out development work at Hindu religious places. “I want to ask those who were in power earlier why the Ram temple was not constructed? Why was the development of the Braj region not undertaken? Why nothing was done for Chitrakoot where Lord Ram spent over 11 years? Why was the corridor of Maa Vindhyavasini not built?… Because you were afraid of vote-bank politics,” he said.
“The BJP does not practise vote-bank politics, hence its government gave a tangible shape to the development of these religious centres,” Shah said.
With PTI Inputs