New Delhi, March 21, 2017: Newly-appointed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday lauds Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies by saying UP mandate was a tight slap for those who questioned his policies.
He also called PM Modi a “global icon”.
Delivering his last speech in Parliament, Adityanath took a jibe on on Congress VP and Samajwadi chief by saying ” I am one year younger to Rahul Gandhi and a year older to Akhilesh Yadav. Since I came in between them, it was the reason for your defeat in Uttar Pradesh.”
“We will work to make the state free of corruption, rowdyism and hooliganism. We will present a development model which will prevent distress migration of youths for jobs,” he said.
He claimed credit for bringing about changes in Gorakhpur, which he admitted did not enjoy a positive image among people earlier.
Now, he said, no trader in Gorakhpur paid “goonda tax”, the town did not witness incidents of abduction and there were no communal riots in eastern Uttar Pradesh.
“We will be successful in generating the same situation in Uttar Pradesh.”
Meanwhile, he also criticised past UP government for not utilising most of the most of the funds allocated by the central government.
“In the last 2.5 years, Rs 2.5 lakh crore were given by the Centre to the state, only Rs 78,000 crore was utilised as they didn’t have any developmental plan,” he said.
Earlier today, Adityanath met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday in New Delhi and discussed several issues related to the state.
Sources said that both the leaders in hour-long meeting discussed development related issues. However, precise details of what they discussed were not known.
After meeting PM Modi, Adityanath didn’t speak to the media and left for Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s residence. Earlier, he called on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Adityanath, who arrived in the National Capital earlier in the day, also met President Pranab Mukherjee, BJP President Amit Shah, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and veteran party leader L.K. Advani.
Adityanath takes oath as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday after the Bharatiya Janata Party won the assembly elections with a huge mandate.