In his first decision as Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Yogi Adityanath has asked all his ministers to declare their income and assets to the chief minister’s secretariat and BJP state unit within 15 days.
Addressing his first press conference after becoming CM on Sunday, Adityanath denied holding any cabinet meeting earlier in the day and said the meeting was a get-together of all those who were administered oath of office along with him.
The CM also nominated his two ministers -- Sidharthnath Singh and Srikant Sharma -- as spokespersons who will regularly brief the media about government’s works and cabinet decisions. Adityanath came to the press conference at Lok Bhawan’s auditorium here with the two deputy chief ministers -Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma -- and Sidharthnath and Srikant.
Sidharthnath and Srikant said the chief minister took a decision on “checking corruption” and ordered all ministers to declare their assets and income within 15 days to the chief minister’s secretary as well as the BJP state unit.
They also said that PM Narendra Modi works for 18 hours a day, and the same work culture will be promoted in the state. The government will soon start governance-related training courses for newly-elected MLAs.
They said the CM had asked the ministers not to engage in any frivolous comments and denied any discussion on portfolio distribution.
At the press conference, Adityanath said: “At the outset, I want to fully assure all the people that the government will leave no stone unturned in taking effective steps to take the state ahead on the path of development and prosperity. We will fulfil the promises made in the ‘lok kalyan sankalp patra’ (party manifesto).”
“People voted for BJP to see development and good governance, and we express our gratitude to them,” he said and invoked late Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, the BJP ideologue for his concept of ‘antyodaya’ (uplifting of the weakest section of society).”
The CM said the state government will serve the people by following the ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’ motto of the BJP government at the Centre.