Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday inaugurated the first Uttar Pradesh diwas programme in Lucknow.
He called for transforming Uttar Pradesh into ‘Uttam Pradesh’.
Speaking at the event, VP Naidu said the aim of UP Diwas was to celebrate the tradition and culture of the state’s heritage and showcase the popular forms of arts.
Advocating Ramrajya, the Vice President said that the name of Lord Ram should not be associated with any particular religion.
Noting that the concept was given by Mahatma Gandhi, he said everyone should shed politics of caste and religion to make India a better place.
“For making the country developed, we need a stable government and good atmosphere. For this, we all should shed narrow politics of caste, religion and money. The GDP before British rule was 27 per cent and presently we are talking about 7-7.5 per cent. This situation has arisen due to internal disputes. We have to maintain Indian-ness and follow ‘Sarve Bhavintu Sukhinah’ (Happiness to all),” the Vice President said.
On the occasion, the Vice President inaugurated and dedicated to the people the development schemes of 44 departments worth Rs 25,000 crore. He laid the foundation of the development schemes worth Rs 11,506 crore and inaugurated completed projects worth Rs 12,950 crore.
Applauding the work of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, VP Naidu said that Uttar Pradesh is implementing a better tourism policy which is creating more job opportunities for the youth.
The state’s first foundation day was celebrated in the presence of Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath among other dignitaries. Erstwhile United Provinces was rechristened Uttar Pradesh on 24 January 1950.