Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said his government will not allow cow slaughter and cow-smuggling at any cost, but warned ‘gau rakshaks’ against resorting to vigilantism.
“Complain to police if there is a case of cow smuggling or slaughter. We will also soon launch a helpline for that purpose,” he said.
The chief minister expressed his appreciation for some gau rakshaks, who he thought were doing a good job.
In a cautionary message to vigilantes, he said: “We advise them to hold on because we are going launch a state-wide drive to identify pseudo gau rakshaks and take action against them.”
Adityanath also assured the people of the state that his government will not differentiate between ‘teeka’ and ‘topi’, an oblique reference to Hindus and Muslims. He also said concessions would not be granted on religious grounds.
Speaking at a function organised by a news channel on Friday, he said nobody needs to be scared under his rule.
However, he declared that “some people” would have to change their habits because his development-oriented government does not believe in appeasement politics.
Adityanath said his government was committed to ending the ‘jungle raj’ in the state, and work in this regard has already begun. “Every section of the society will feel safe and secure by the time I present my government’s report card on the completion of 100 days in power by June-end,” he added.
He claimed that his government would save at least Rs 12,000-15,000 crore per year by plugging wasteful expenditure to fund the government’s welfare schemes. No additional tax will be levied on the people for this purpose, the chief minister added.
Adityanath also promised 70 lakh jobs for the people over the next five years. “We are going to recruit 1.30 lakh police constables and sub-inspectors in phases after the Supreme Court’s nod,” he announced.
Adityanath provided no direct answer when asked if he was contemplating banning liquor in Uttar Pradesh, like Nitish Kumar did for Bihar.
“Just wait and watch. We will do everything in the interests of the state,” he said, adding: “Let us first tackle the slaughterhouse issue.”
Expressing regret that several cities in Uttar Pradesh had received poor ratings in the recent Swachh survey, Adityanath said he would ensure that at least 50 of the 100 cleanest cities in India are picked from the state next time round.
“We are launching a cleanliness drive from tomorrow in this regard, and it will begin with four slums in Lucknow,” he added.