A few hours after moving into his official residence at 5, Kalidas Marg residence on Wednesday on the first day of Navratras, UP chief minister Yogi Aditya Nath invited the party leaders, lawmakers and ministers over for a sumptuous ‘phalahaari’ treat!
The CM himself began a nine-day fast on the occasion of Navratras, the nine-day period considered auspicious by Hindus.
However, he ensured a ‘rich’ housewarming party, both for those on fast and those who weren’t. Several types of kutu ki puri (buckwheat pancakes), makhanas (lotus seeds) fried in desi ghee (clarified butter), varieties of fruits, kheer, dry fruits and roasted peanuts were served.
Chola bathura, puri, kachauri, varieties of vegetables, curd preparations and a whole range of desi-ghee sweets were also available.
Flanked by two deputy chief ministers, Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma who represented the government, and BJP general secretary (organisation) Sunil Bansal representing the party, the CM used the occasion to stress on coordination between ‘satta aur sangathan’ (party and government).
Specially invited for the occasion were members of the media team, IT cell, election management teams as they played a key role in party success. As head of the UP BJP Keshav Prasad Maurya, along with Bansal, were among the first to be feliciated by the CM.
“All of us, including me, Keshavji, Dineshji and Bansalji are new to governance. But we are clear in our hearts about one thing – provide clean and effective governance and bring a change in the life of the common man. Together, we will provide such a model that would help us clinch not just 2019 but beyond,” Yogi Aditya Nath said during his address to party leaders and ministers.
The CM also honoured the party cadres who had played an important role in BJP win. He gifted them a shawl and a wall clock each. “I wish to make it clear that I will have a zero-tolerance policy on corruption. I have already told the officers, who were asking for more money for completing the river front development work initiated during previous regime that ₹1400 crore has already been spent on it and I want work completed within this amount,” he said.