Vote BJP for smooth, transparent utilisation of funds : Yogi
Kicking off the campaign for urban local body polls from Faizabad on Tuesday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of Smart Cities would be fulfilled only if the BJP had control from the Centre to municipal wards so that the flow of money was smooth and utilisation was transparent.
“Around 30 per cent of the population resides in city limits while the rest in peripheral areas and are dependent on municipal facilities. The Centre and the state government are in favour of comprehensive development. Proper utilisation of funds will only be possible when BJP candidates win municipal elections,” Yogi said while addressing a rally in GIC grounds in Faizabad on Tuesday. “Amenities like drinking water, efficient drainage and sewerage system, good roads, adequate power supply with power-saving LED street lighting, green spaces and parks will only be possible when the BJP is in the municipal boards as it has the capability to deliver,” he said.
Realising that questions will be raised as to why did he start poll campaign from Faizabad, the CM said that his government was serious in development of the holy city. “I had an option to start the campaign from somewhere else as the BJP is contesting elections in 653 wards, but I preferred Faizabad because Ayodhya is central to my faith and spirituality,” Yogi said.
Accompanied by state BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey on the dais, the CM accused previous state governments of not giving the kind of attention that Ayodhya deserved. He warned that those attempting to malign the image of Ayodhya would not be spared. “Ayodhya must get the importance it deserves and that’s the reason why I made Ayodhya and Mathura municipal corporations,” Yogi said, adding that the development of Ayodhya should be in conformity with its rich spiritual heritage. “Ayodhya’s lost glory will be restored through implementation of infrastructure projects worth Rs 135 crore. After the civic polls, more projects will be announced,” the CM said.
Yogi announced that by next Diwali, the entire government machinery would be mobilised to ensure completion of projects in Ayodhya. Development schemes in Ayodhya are aimed at projecting the temple city on the international stage and work was underway in that direction. Accusing previous governments of misappropriation of government funds in the last 15 years, the CM said that contracts were given to select people from the home of Urban Development ministers and people were kept bereft of basic amenities and municipal bodies were ignored. Yogi stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to develop several smart cities, but the previous Samajwadi Party regime did not cooperate with the Centre hence the poor could not benefit from the PM’s housing scheme. The CM said that encroachments and stray cattle were the main problems being faced by people living in the cities for which the government is planning to open gaushalas in 16 municipal corporations and bring about a Street Vendor policy. Yogi also addressed a rally in Gonda where he said that he was pained after the city was termed as the dirtiest city of India. “This happened because the previous government did not take initiative to implement Central government schemes. We will strive to take Gonda out of that bracket and make it one of cleanest cities,” Yogi stressed.
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