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Previous govts created rift in society, BJP working for development: Yogi


 Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday said that the previous governments created rifts in the society by dividing people in the name of caste and religion, but the double engine government is working without any discrimination.

Addressing a public meeting in support of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates in the second phase of urban local body polls, Yogi said, “Basti, which was a city of great historical and mythological significance, was a victim of state neglect during opposition governments in the past. The previous governments divided people and created rifts in the society in the name of caste and religion, but today, under the double engine government, development is taking place at a breathtaking speed. Basti today has its own medical college named after Maharishi Vashisth, which was unimaginable six years ago.”

He said, “Basti is the land of Putreshti Yagya for the birth of Lord Shri Ram. This is the land of Maharishi Vashishth. Besides, it’s a land of brave revolutionaries who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country. It is a land of litterateurs as well.”

The CM said that today’s Basti has got out of that situation and is setting new paradigms of development with new vigour. He said that the government is providing all facilities from the birth of a girl child to her education and marriage.

Enumerating the achievements of the double engine government, he said that now no mother or sister suffers from lung disease due to smoke, because the benefits of the Ujjwala Yojana have been extended to all the houses here. “We have also decided to provide free gas cylinders on Diwali and Holi. The double engine government has also given health insurance of Rs 5 lakhs to the poor under Ayushman Bharat Yojana,” he said.

Yogi said that there was a time when a previous government opened fire at farmers at Munderwa. “Our government has set up a new sugar mill here. “Today this sugar mill is becoming the identity of this place. How can a government without a vision for development carry out development?,” he said.

He said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, today India has been recognised as the most reliable global leader. “The world looks towards India in times of crisis. On the one hand, India’s global prestige has gone up and on the other infrastructural development is taking place at a fast pace with the construction of highway networks, railways, medical colleges, universities, IITs and AIIMS,” he said.

The CM said, “Besides, crores of houses and toilets have been provided to people while youths have been linked with skill development programmes to provide them employment and 50 crore were given up to Rs 5 lakh health insurance coverage under Ayushman Bharat scheme. As many as 80 crore people have been getting free ration for the last three years while 220 crore free doses of Covid vaccines have also been given.

He said that before 2017, there used to be terror of criminals in cities and extortion of traders was rampant, streets faced problems with water-logging and drinking water was a big issue. “Today we have done the work of giving tablets instead of pistols in the hands of the youth. We are going to give tablets to two crore youth of the state. Through this scheme of Rs 3,600 crores, the talent of the youth will be linked with technology, to make employment opportunities available to them. Today there is no terror of criminals and cities are being developed into safe and smart cities,” he said.

Yogi said that 12,862 poor people have got houses in Basti (urban) whereas 4,224 street vendors have benefited from PM SVANidhi Yojana. Besides, more than 14,000 destitute women, over 9,000 differently-abled and 12,000 elderly were getting an annual pension of Rs 12,000.

Appealing to people to elect BJP candidates in the municipal elections, he said that only that can ensure proper use of funds for development purposes.

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