Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said that Uttar Pradesh, where communal violence was a regular phenomenon earlier, did not witness a single riot during the four-and-a-half-year tenure of the BJP government.
The UP CM also said that the perception of the state across India has changed in the last four and a half years. Adityanath was speaking on the occasion of the completion of four-and-a-half years of the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh.
Addressing the media persons, he said: “To complete four and a half years tenure in a state like UP is very important in the view of security and good governance. Perception of the state has changed in the country. This is the same UP where riots had become a trend earlier. But in the last four and a half years, there was no riot.”
“We have dealt with criminals and mafias with strictness under the framework of law irrespective of their caste, place and religion. More than Rs 1,800 crores of government property were seized and the illegal encroachments of criminals were also demolished.”
The Chief Minister also stated that Uttar Pradesh has risen to number two in the national ranking of ‘Ease of Doing Business’ in his tenure. “In last four and a half s, we have given the house to 42 lakh poor. In case of a calamity, we try to give compensation to the affected in 24 hrs. We have provided over Rs 5 lakh crores through DBT to the people of the state. Over 4.5 lakh youths were given govt jobs through a transparent system,” he further said.
“Uttar Pradesh has presented its tradition by organising Deepotsav and Deep Deepawali in Ayodhya and Kashi, in front of the country and the world. The opposition never organised these festivals as they thought that they might be labelled as communal,” he added.
Adityanath also exuded confidence that the BJP will form the government in the state again with an overwhelming majority in the 2022 Assembly polls.
“The perception about UP on the national stage has changed due to the united efforts of the people, the organization, and the government. People’s confidence in governance has increased and now this belief will ensure our victory once again in the 2022 elections with an overwhelming majority of 350 seats,” he said while addressing a press conference on the completion of four and a half years of the present state government. “Earlier, Chief Ministers used to compete to build their bungalows, but in the new Uttar Pradesh of this new India, we have built houses for 42 lakh poor people,” he said.
Adityanath highlighted that the law and order improved drastically in the state after 2017 when his government came took over from the Samajwadi Party (SP) regime. “This is the same UP where criminals and mafia were creating an atmosphere of fear, corruption and anarchy in the state before 2017 by becoming the subjects of power. Communal riots used to take place every second-third day, but today the actions being taken against them have presented a model in the entire country,” the Chief Minister said.
The Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections are scheduled to take place early next year. In the 2017 Assembly polls, the BJP won 325 seats out of a total of 403 Assembly seats.