In UP's Aligarh, PM Modi praises CM Yogi's ‘double-engine' government
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday lauded Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath under whose leadership, the former said, UP was benefitting from a “double-engine’ sarkar,” referring to the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) governments at the Centre and in the state. “The central and UP governments are working together to develop the state. We have to fight together all the forces that are against development here,” PM Modi said.
Taking a swipe at the opposition Samajwadi Party (SP), which was in power here from 2017, the Prime Minister said that people cannot forget the scams that took place before the BJP came to power. He also pointed to “lawlessness” that prevailed while the SP was in power. “However, with Yogiji in power, criminals think twice before committing a crime,” PM Modi said.
He made these remarks while laying the foundation stone of a university named after Jat king Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh in Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh. On this occasion, he also inspected exhibition models of the Aligarh node of the Uttar Pradesh industrial defence corridor.
“As we celebrate Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav, honest efforts are being made to make the young generation aware of contributions of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh and others in our independence struggle,” Prime Minister Modi remarked, also highlighting that the late king allotted land for the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
“As a prime minister, I consider it my good fortune that I am laying the foundation stone of a university named after such a visionary,” PM Modi said.
Talking about the defence corridor, he said that India is moving ahead with an aim to carve its identity as a global defence exporter, unlike earlier when the country only used to import defence goods.
He also made an analogy between the famous locks of Aligarh and the defence corridor, saying that the city is now contributing towards protection of country's borders as well. PM Modi then announced ₹9000 crore for the development of BrahMos missile at the defence corridor's Lucknow node.
The Prime Minister's visit to Aligarh is being seen as the launch by the ruling BJP of its campaign for the upcoming assembly elections in the country's most populous state, likely to take place early next year.
UP governor Anandiben Patel, chief minister Yogi Adityanath, deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma were among dignitaries who attended the ceremony.