In a strong endorsement of UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, prime Minister Modi on Saturday Dec. 25, in Shahjahanpur, gave a new term ‘Bahut Upyogi’ to the election lexicon of UP. Modi coined the new slogan “UP plus Yogi bahut hai upyogi” to praise Adityanath for “eliminating mafias” and undertaking developmental work in the state.
This clearly employs that Adityanath would be the CM face of NDA for the upcoming assembly elections.
Taking a dig at the opposition he retorted: “You have seen how the money of the government was used by other parties. Today it is being used by the government for development work.”
The PM also lauded the Yogi government for the law-and-order situation in west UP. “Before the BJP took charge, there was a saying that one should return home before sunset because people who flashed katas ruled the roads…” he said.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday termed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath “useless” or “unupyogi”, citing incidents of crimes against Dalits and women under his rule. He made the remark in a tweet, punning on the Hindi word “Up-Yogi” (useful) as Prime Minister Narendra Modi called him earlier in the day.
In his tweet Akhilesh said, “The daughter of Hathras, the farmers of Lakhimpur, the trader of Gorakhpur, women who are feeling insecure, unemployed youths, the Dalits, and the backward class (people) are saying for UP, the current government is not useful, it is useless”.
Claiming that Uttar Pradesh’s economy is worsening instead of improving, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday alleged that this has made Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath silent on his vision to make the state a $1 trillion economy.
Making the assertion in a statement, Mr Yadav, however, did not elaborate on what basis he had claimed that the UP economy has gone into a tailspin.
In his statement, Mr Yadav also claimed that owing to the wrong policies of the BJP, the country’s economy has crumbled.
“The Prime Minister shows the dream of making the country a $5 trillion economy but no concrete step has been taken for it,” he said.
Issuing a sharp rebuttal to SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s “useless (un+upyogi)” jibe, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the development projects in the state were “UP+Yogi” or useful for the 25-crore people of the state. However, the same development projects were useless (un+upyogi) for those who used to instigate riots for politics. “Professional criminals and mining mafias used to dominate Uttar Pradesh, (of course) we are useless for them,” Yogi Adityanath said.
Adityanath also said that politics based on caste and dynasty halted the development in Uttar Pradesh. The Chief Minister said that the dynasty and nepotism-based politics didn’t let the state grow despite having the “most cultivable land and best water resources in the world”.
“Nepotism, caste-based politics always came in the way of UP’s development,” Adityanath said in an exclusive conversation with Zee Media’s Editor-in-Chief Sudhir Chaudhary. “We have the best manpower, land and water resources. Still, we were not able to grow. Why?” Adityanath said
Listing out the achievements in terms of infrastructure development during his tenure in the state, Adityanath said that the state today has 10 operational airports. “We have provided households to 43 lakh people, we are useful for these people,” Yogi Adityanath said. “There were 12 medical colleges made in Uttar Pradesh between 1947 to 2017, today the state has medical colleges in its 59 districts,” he added.
Another incidence, which drew much criticism of Yogi Adityanath may be cited below.
On Sept 12, 2021, an advertisement titled ‘Transforming Uttar Pradesh under Yogi Adityanath’, was published in a newspaper.
The advertisement showed an image of the Maa flyover painted in blue-and-white colours synonymous with the TMC government, along with high-rises and industries juxtaposed below a cut-out of Yogi Adityanath.
The mistake was noticed and not surprisingly, taking a jibe at the BJP, TMC MP Sukhendu Sekhar Ray said that the UP government has deliberately claimed the picture of Kolkata flyover to be of Uttar Pradesh’s. He further stated that BJP should not mind mentioning that they would want to develop Uttar Pradesh, the way CM Mamata Banerjee has done in Kolkata.
The Indian Express, which had carried the advertisement, however accepted the mistake and issued a corrigendum saying, “A wrong image was inadvertently included in the cover collage of the advertorial on Uttar Pradesh produced by the marketing department of the newspaper. The error is deeply regretted and the image has been removed in all digital editions of the paper.”
The Indian Express tweeted:
A wrong image was inadvertently included in the cover collage of the advertorial on Uttar Pradesh produced by the marketing department of the newspaper. The error is deeply regretted and the image has been removed in all digital editions of the paper.
12:35 PM · Sep 12, 2021·TweetDeck
Notwithstanding, most of other TMC leaders were also vocal in ridiculing the BJP over the episode.
Lashing out at the BJP, TMC MP Derek O’Brien said that the advertisement published in the newspaper had to be approved by the UP government. In such a situation, not the newspaper but the UP government itself will have to take full responsibility. “The newspaper has been asked to accept the mistake by putting pressure on it,” he said.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra rolled out an altogether new and unique title for CM Yogi Adityanath. She dubbed him as ‘Bulldozer Nath’. The Congress leader made the allegation a day after the Lucknow police denied her party to hold a five-km race in the city as part of Priyanka Gandhi’ Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti Hoon’ poll campaign.
However, Police Commissioner D.K. Thakur had told PTI that the Congress party had sought permission to organise the race but was denied permission due to the coronavirus pandemics.
While addressing another rally in Moradabad in west UP, ahead of assembly elections in in the state, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hit out at Yogi Adityanath using the Hindi proverb “andher nigari chapat raja.”
Ahead of the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra rolled out ‘women’s manifesto’ with a bunch of promises.
Addressing a press conference in Lucknow, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said, “Women empowerment is possible only when women get equal rights and get respect. Congress is committed to give equal rights and respect to women power.”
“Our country had the first woman Prime Minister when other countries had very low women representation at that level,” she commented.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, too was not far behind with his hired gun to attack Yogi Adityanath and PM. On December 18, 2021, Rahul Gandhi held a “BJP Bhagao, Mehangai Hatao Padyatra” in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh. Addressing the gathering, Gandhi said, “Unemployment and inflation are the biggest questions that neither the CM nor PM will answer. PM was taking a dip in Ganga a few days back but won’t talk about unemployment. I’ll tell you why the youth is deprived of employment.”
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati too was not far behind in hitting out the BJP government. In Lucknow on December 6, highlighting that Dr BR Ambedkar struggled for the upliftment of Dalits and minorities, she hit out at BJP government in Uttar Pradesh saying that No day goes when atrocities are not committed.
“The Centre should consider imposing president rule in the state. Yogi was made CM under the pressure from RSS, BJP should take up the matter with RSS. It’s better if Yogi Adityanath goes back to the mutt or else should monitor construction work of Ram Temple,” Mayawati added.