UP: Law & order tops priority as Adityanath assumes office

RSTV Bureau
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressing a press conference, March 20, 2017.  Photo - PTI

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressing a press conference, March 20, 2017.
Photo – PTI

On his first day at office, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday directed the state police chief to ensure that there was no laxity in improving law and order situation. In his meeting with DGP Javed Ahmed, the chief minister also took up the incident of a BSP leader been shot dead in Allahabad.

Official sources said Adityanath expressed concern over the incident and stressed that restoring law and order was the top priority of his government.

60-year-old BSP leader Mohd Shami was last night gunned down by assailants close to his residence in Mauaima police station area, 40 km from Allahabad.

According to reports, the police chief has also been asked to hold video conference with the district magistrates and the superintendents of police of all the 75 districts of the state to take stock of law and order situation and other administrative issues.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma also met Adityanath.

Speaking to the press, Maurya said that the first meeting of the state Cabinet would discuss all key issues mentioned in BJP’s ‘sankalp patra’, which include loan waiver to farmers and even a ban on mechanised slaughter houses. Both the subjects had figured prominently in BJP’s election campaign.

“We will work for the welfare of the people with full vigour and ensure that the work is visible on the ground,” Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma said.

Earlier in the day, Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, the DGP and Principal Secretary Home Debashish Panda met the chief minister at the VVIP Guest House here ahead of his meeting with the senior officials of the state.

The portfolios to the new ministers are likely to be announced soon. A 47-member Council of Ministers, including two deputy CMs, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ram Naik yesterday.

44-year-old Adityanath, who was sworn-in as the 21st Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, has promised to work for all sections of the society without any discrimination, pursuing the agenda of ‘sabka sath, sabka vikas’.

(With inputs from the PTI)