In a trenchant attack on the Samajwadi Party (SP) and its president Akhilesh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that socialism for some is about dynastic rule, mafia and terrorism.
“We need Ram Rajya in the country which implies the well-being of all,” Yogi said.
“Earlier (during the SP rule), a horse cart was brought from England to celebrate Saifai Mahotsav, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi thought of ensuring that even those wearing slippers can afford flights,” Yogi said. “When SP was in power, there was darkness everywhere. If darkness, anarchy and ‘mafiagiri’ mean socialism then such socialism should be done away with,” the chief minister said.
“Our government is promoting sports also and has adopted wrestling and badminton, but SP leaders may not be knowing about cricket, bat or ball, because their sport is country-made pistol,” Yogi said while addressing the assembly during the winter session yesterday.
“We respect our elders and do not kick them out, like some politicians who kicked their own father and uncle from their political party and home,” the chief minister said, adding, “We have doubled the elderly pension from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000, raised Divyang pension from Rs 500 to Rs1,000 and leprosy patient pension to Rs 3,000 per month.”
Yogi said Prime Narendra Modi had realised the dream seen by Dr Ram Manohar Lohia 60 years ago. “Dr Lohia ji once said that no power in the world would be able to remove a government which gave freedom from open defecation to the poor by constructing toilets for them and ensured the burning of stove in their houses, for the coming 25 years,” Yogi said.
“Our government worked on the principle of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ and we are making Uttar Pradesh free of poverty, corruption, communalism, and casteism. UP is on its way to Ram Rajya,” the chief minister said.
Expressing confidence of winning the 2022 assembly elections, the chief minister said, “Some said Covid-19 third wave would come in August or September, but I assure you that we will come back in 2022 and put all efforts to stop the third wave. But one thing is certain that many of you (Opposition) will not come back.”
Critiquing the previous governments, Yogi said, “Instead of reducing the burden of people, the previous governments were themselves a burden.” He said economic progress of the state was not measured by the person who was at the top of the ladder but by the one who was at its bottom. “And our government has worked for the well-being of the poor and underprivileged,” Yogi asserted.
The chief minister said, “A worthy king does not move according to the situation but changes the circumstances instead.”
Claiming that Uttar Pradesh is now one of the most investor-friendly states and investors no longer worry about their safety and security or that of their investments, the chief minister said, “Today every big investor is eager to invest here.”
Even when the whole world was witnessing a meltdown in the corona period, Uttar Pradesh got an investment of Rs 66,000 crore. The first display unit was set up in UP and started production amid pandemic, he added.