Claiming that the BJP government had transformed Uttar Pradesh from a BIMARU state to investor-friendly state in the last two years with improvement in law and order and instilling a sense of security leading to people returning to their native places, who had earlier left the state due to fear of criminals.
“The high point of our two-year rule has been improvement in law and order, increase in the pace of development and ensuring social security to all sans discrimination. This is reflected in employment opportunities increasing in the state and farmers getting good remuneration for their produce,” Yogi said at a press conference at the BJP office in Lucknow on the completion of two years of his government in the state on Tuesday.
The CM asserted that exodus of people from Kairana and Kandhala area of west UP had stopped and those who left were now returning home. “This is proof of changed law and order situation in the state,” he said.
The exodus of Hindus from Kairana became a major poll issue for the BJP in the 2017 Assembly poll in UP. Then BJP MP Hukum Singh claimed that over 300 families had left Kairana following machination of a criminal, enjoying political patronage.
“Mafia was looting the state’s resources as illegal mining was rampant during SP-BSP regimes. Criminals enjoying political patronage in Akhilesh raj were responsible for the exodus in Kairana. The days of signboards yelling ‘Yeh ghar bikau hai (this house is up for sale) is over,” the CM said.
Yogi said that the confidence of UP police force had gone up as there is no interference in their functioning from his government. “There is zero tolerance for crime and criminals,” Chief Minister said.
The celebration of the second anniversary of Yogi Raj on Tuesday was a simple affair sans grandeur with the model code of conduct coming into force in the wake of general elections from April 11.
“In the last two years, 73 hardcore criminals were eliminated and over 1000 injured in 3500 encounters. In the process, six policemen were also martyred. Around 8000 criminals were arrested. The silver lining is that not a single riot occurred during this period whereas over 900 riots took place between 2012 and 2016 in the state,” the CM said.
In his 90-minute speech, Yogi attributed his government’s success to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah claiming that his government had provided 15 lakh jobs in the government and private sectors in just 24 months.
The CM also spoke about Kumbh Mela where over 24.20 crore pilgrims took dip in the holy Sangam. He also referred to ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas’ organised in Varanasi wherein 5000 foreign delegates took part.
Yogi said that after attracting investments of around Rs 5 lakh crore, foundation of projects worth Rs 65,000 crore were laid in ground-breaking ceremony because the confidence of investors was back.
To boost industrial development of east UP (Purvanchal), about 341 km-long Purvanchal Expressway was under construction using the state’s own financial resources. Besides, a decision has been taken to construct 91 km- long Gorakhpur Link Expressway to link Gorakhpur with Purvanchal Expressway. “Similarly, 296-km-long Bundelkhand Expressway will also be constructed,” he said.
“Survey work has also commenced to construct 600-km-long Ganga Expressway in order to link western part of the state (Meerut) with the eastern part of the state (Prayagraj). This expressway will pass through Meerut, Amroha, Bulandshahr, Budaun, Shahjahanpur, Farrukhabad, Hardoi, Kannauj, Unnao, Rae Bareli, Pratapgarh and Prayagraj districts,” the CM said.
Yogi also said that UP Foundation Day was celebrated for first time after 68 years of independence in 2018. State BJP president Mahendra Nath Pandey and two Deputy CMs Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma were also present at the press conference.