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100 days of Yogi govt: Will Adityanath be able to implement BJP’s poll promises?

Overcoming UP’s financial constraints to implement BJP’s poll promises will test Yogi Adityanath’s administrative skills

opinion Updated: Jun 26, 2017 16:59 IST
Sunita Aron
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Lucknow, UP (File Photo)
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Lucknow, UP (File Photo)(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT)

Recently Mulayam Singh Yadav was asked to comment on the performance of the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh. He declined saying he preferred to wait for six months. That’s because Yadav belongs to the generation that neither celebrated nor condemned the performance of a government before it completed six months in office, which is quite logical as governments come with a manifesto for five years.

The BJP had made tall poll promises in UP, the execution of which will require leadership skills as the CM heads a raw team. Recently in an informal chat, he shared his ambitious plans and projects in various sectors, especially health and education.

The CM’s blueprint, likely to be announced on the 100th day, might lay out the direction his government wants to embark on, besides the populist measures like the anti-Romeo squads, triple talaq and cow slaughter that have already been announced.

In the past 100 days, women have not felt more safe in the state. Law and order is the Adityanath government’s Achilles heel. The government has refused to share any comparative data of this regime with that of the previous government’s headed by Akhilesh Yadav. But going by public perception, it remains as bad as it was then.

Caste conflicts have intensified, and two major communities feeling marginalised are the Muslims and the Dalits, which forms 40% of the state’s population.

The BJP has tried to assuage the sentiments of lower castes by nominating a Dalit as the next President of India, but the Dalits are not amused as some claim that Kanshi Ram had rejected BJP’s offer for the highest constitutional post on the plea that he does not need a post that silences him.

Of all the BJP governments, Kalyan Singh’s first stint in early 1990’s is remembered as the party’s best rule. Though the temple movement was on, Singh had taken four concrete steps to display his resolve – first, action was taken against two criminals, Raghuraj Pratap Singh and Mukhtar Ansari; second, the revival of the Chunar cement factory, coupled with revival plans for UPTRON and Scooters India; third, copying was made a cognisable offence under the Anti-Copying Bill; and fourth, goons were paraded in market places.

In West UP, which had become notorious for kidnapping for ransom, the traders, including the Muslims, had hailed Singh’s action against the top criminals in every district. However, Singh lost this goodwill in his second regime when he shook hands with same criminals to save his government.

Many saw some glimpses of the Singh regime in Yogi’s government when he brought in many first timers as ministers.

Though the CM is optimistic about the radical changes that the people will notice soon in almost “every area”, he will have to prioritise given UP’s financial constraints — constraints that will multiply after farm loans are waived.

The challenge will be to implement the promises made in the party’s manifesto. Yogi Adityanath comes out as a young mahant ready to prove his administrative skills.

The coming years will tell if he remains a mahant or becomes a manager, and a successful one at it. After all, as they say a leader capable of managing UP well can run India too.

saron@hindustantimes.com

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