- By Ashutosh Shukla

Mafia-criminals are a thing of the past: CM

Saharanpur/Lucknow: Kickstarting the urban body election campaign from Saharanpur on Monday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, ‘No Curfew- No Danga, UP mein sab changa’ (Curfews and riots are no longer common in Uttar Pradesh today; everything is fine). 

Addressing the public gathering at Maharaj Singh Degree College on Janta Road, Yogi Adityanath also launched a veiled attack on the previous governments, saying, “Rangdari na Firauti, Ab UP nahi hai kisi ki bapauti” (No extortions, or kidnappings for ransom take place in the state and UP is no longer a familys legacy.) 

The Chief Minister continued by saying that mafias and criminals were things of the past and that Uttar Pradesh had evolved into a symbol of safety, prosperity, and employment.

Listing the works done by the BJP government, the CM said, “we have taken the schemes of the government to the masses without any discrimination and with everyones support, faith and effort".  He said the party has expressed its confidence in a well educated person and to give respite to the people from musclemen, it has fielded    a qualified doctor for the post of mayor from Saharanpur. 

The Chief Minister said that "this ‘seemant zila’ (border district) of UP is known for its rich heritage, incredible woodwork for which it is renowned throughout the world, the hardworking farmers,  visionary and well-educated youth and businessmen brothers who consistently contribute to the progress in the field of industry and trade.”

Asserting that Saharanpur is an important district of UP, Yogi said, realising the deplorable condition of this place under the regime of previous governments, he strived to improve the overall situation providing the basis facilities of which it was deprived of. It used to take 7 to 8 hours from here to reach Delhi. Delhis distance can now be traveled in 3 hours, and by the end of this year, construction of the Delhi-Saharanpur-Dehradun Expressway will be completed.

Yogi also pointed out that the youth of Saharanpur ,who earlier had to go to Meerut to get a degree, would get it in their home district once Maa Shakambhari University was established.

Launching an attack on the opposition, the Chief Minister said that before 2017, the governments were busy fomenting riots. “Sikh brothers were attacked here as riots over the Gurdwara broke out. Today, there is no curfew anywhere in UP. Because of the terror that miscreants had previously wreaked, parents did not send their daughters away from home to study. In UP today, a fearless atmosphere has been established. Those who only talked about casteism exploited their own caste the most,” he said.

Yogi added that the best surveillance systems were being created in urban areas of the state for peoples safety. "We are associating it with Safe City, where businesspeople, daughters, and the city will all be living in a safe environment. We have kept only one target for UP– the vision of the PM is the vision of UP. ‘Modijis vision is the mission of UP", he remarked. 

He urged people to choose between a casteist government like the one that existed prior to 2017 and a government that prioritizes the needs of the underprivileged. "You have to decide whether you want a corrupt, or a corruption-free system as well as youth carrying guns or youths using tablets and smartphones", he concluded.