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Yogi for Sabka saath, Sabka vikas

Monday, 20 March 2017 | Biswajeet Banerjee/ VN Bhatta | Lucknow

BJP leader and five-time Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as the 21st Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, a day after he was unanimously chosen by party MLAs as the legislative party leader at a meeting in Lucknow. He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ram Naik at a gracious function held at the Kanshi Ram Smriti Upvan.

Two Deputy Chief Ministers: Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma; 22 Cabinet Ministers, nine Ministers of State with independent charge, and 13 Ministers of State were also administered oath of the office.

In an attempt to dispel his image as Hindu mascot of the BJP, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath stressed on “Sabka saath, Sabka vikas” saying his Government would ensure progress for all so that Uttar Pradesh could come out of the mire of bad governance and lack of development. In his almost 12-minute interaction with the media, he spoke twice about “Sabka saath, Sabka vikas” stressing on the implementation of BJP’s Sankalp Patra (election manifesto) in toto.

“I assure people that my Government will work for the welfare of people. The mandate people have given us is for development. We have our job cut out and will reach the target in record time,” said Yogi.

The selection of Yogi as Chief Minister has started tongue waging that the BJP is out to implement its Hindutava agenda by marginalising members of minority community. Some even suggested that the BJP is trying to polarise society on communal lines and reminded old quotes of Yogi where he had asked Muslims to go back to Pakistan or had called women as child producing machine.

Yogi probably knew that building confidence among all sections of society was the primary job for him, therefore in his maiden interaction with the media as Chief Minister, he repeatedly spoke about development and how all sections of the society have been deprived of basic necessities during previous regimes.

“Development in UP has suffered because of poor law and order. Priority of the Government is to bring the development back on track in UP.  We will implement the policies which will help all sections of society,” Yogi said stressing on the word “all”.

“We will have policies that will benefit the poor, Dalits and backwards. Our policies will target rural areas because UP still lives in villages. There is need to bring reforms in the farm sector and we will work in this direction.

In urban areas, we will create jobs and provide quality education to the youth and children of this State,” he said.

The UP CM said this mandate is to bring change. “UP awaits transformation and this BJP Government will bring that transformation come what may,” Yogi said.

Earlier, Yogi took charge of the Government in his new office at Lok Bhawan. He was escorted to his room by Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar. As the previous Government has divested all the secretaries of the then Chief Minister of their charges and has sent them on waiting list, Chief Secretary took the new CM and his two deputies — Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma — to the guided tour of his office.

In his official chamber, Yogi had a meeting with Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary Law and Order Devashish Panda. He also had a meeting with former Chief Secretary of UP Nripendra Mishra. Sources say Mishra is helping the CM in posting of new bureaucrats. 

 
 
 

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