Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath kick started the campaign for civic polls in the state on Tuesday. He began the camapign from Ayodhya. The civic polls in UP are scheduled to begin from November 22.
Adityanath addressed an election rally in the temple town, where he told the crowd that a win for the BJP would ensure holistic development of the town.
He stressed on the importance of urban local bodies elections, and said that almost 30 per cent of the population of Uttar Pradesh lived in the 653 urban local bodies of the state.
The chief minister said that Ayodhya had now access to 24 hours of power supply.
Earlier there was no electricity supply, and when there was, people did not know for how long it will be there, he said.
The CM also hit out at the previous governments in the state and alleged that they siphoned off public money which was meant for the development.
“The funds coming from the Centre and those released by the state government must be utilised for the welfare of the public…I have come here to appeal to you that if the BJP constitutes the board (in urban local bodies), we can fulfil the road map of holistic development that we have drawn for the state,” Adityanath said.
He also spoke about the issue of cleanliness.
“There was no cleanliness during the previous government, as the contract for cleaning activities and undertaking cleanliness work, was issued by the concerned minister from his residence. If the contracts are distributed from Lucknow, it also attacks the independent nature of the urban local bodies,” he alleged.
“Ayodhya has given Diwali to the world, but Diwali disappeared from Ayodhya…Hence, our entire government came to Ayodhya to celebrate Diwali..We have already laid foundation stones of projects in Ayodhya worth Rs 137 crores, and more will be brought, once the elections are over. Ayodhya will get an international recognition,” said the CM.
The CM also mentioned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to develop 13 cities of UP as smart cities, but the previous (SP) government did not want to co-operate.
The CM praised his government’s efforts in constructing houses.
We have worked to make available housing units to 1.61 lakh poor in urban areas of the state, he said.
“We are already working on making one urban body in every district as Deendayal Upadhyay Nagar Nikaay (Deendayal Upadhyay urban body) – an ideal urban body, where all the facilities can be made available. And for this we need a positivity oriented board…We need a BJP board, which can bring benefits to the people,” Adityanath said.
(With inputs from PTI)