Hours after taking oath, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath promised to work for all sections of the society without any discrimination -- with focus on development and job creation.
In a brief media interaction on Sunday, he said his government will pursue the agenda of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ and fulfil all the promises made by the party during the polls.
“We will follow ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ agenda and will serve the state... Our government will work for all sections of the society without any discrimination. We will ensure balanced development of UP,” Adityanath, considered a hardline Hindutva mascot, said.
“I want to assure people that BJP, which got votes for development and security, will show positive results soon,” the 44-year-old CM said.
“Effective measures will be taken by our government for welfare of common man and it will be devoted to welfare of people. The administration will be made sensible and answerable and emphasis will be on law and order,” he said.
Accusing the previous governments of being responsible for the sorry state of affairs in the state, Adityanath, the 44-year-old head priest of Gorakhnath temple and a five-time MP, said work will be done to make development agriculture-based as it was the main source of income.
Women empowerment, their security and honour will also be on top of the BJP government agenda, he said.
“We will focus on skill development of youths so that they can get job opportunity while government appointments will be made corruption free and transparent. Investment will be promoted for industrial devolvement and it will be done for economic development,” Adityanath added.
The Adityanath government has inducted a Muslim minister as well as a Sikh face along with 26 upper caste ministers, 15 OBCs and five Dalits at a star-studded ceremony in Lucknow’s Smriti Upvan grounds. Five of the ministers are women.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his views known on Twitter, stating, “I have immense confidence that this new team will leave no stone unturned in making UP Uttam Pradesh. There will be record development.”
But rival parties appeared far from impressed.
“It is unfortunate that Yogi Adityanath has become the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. He has a fundamentalist image. His appointment as the CM would encourage communalism and put the unity and integrity of the country at risk,” said NCP leader Tariq Anwar in a statement.
“With Adityanath as the UP CM, BJP wants to vitiate the atmosphere of communal harmony by imposing its ideology in the country,” said Anwar, a Lok Sabha member from Katihar and former union minister.
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) too criticised the BJP’s decision to make Adityanath the CM.
“This choice by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), executed by its political arm the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is a deliberate move which bodes ill for the state,” the CPI-M said in a statement.
“The selection of Adityanath has once again exposed the oft-repeated claim of Modi that development will be its main agenda. It makes a mockery of his own slogan ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’,” the CPI-M said.
The Congress, on the other hand, maintained a more conciliatory attitude and said it will rather wait and watch whether the new incumbent makes good on his promises.
“It’s for the BJP to fulfil the promises they made during the campaign. If Adityanath delivers on his promises, working within the Constitution, then we will have no reason to fight with him,” Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar said.