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Yogi pre-empts CM, inaugurates overbridge

BHARATIYA JANATA Party (BJP) MP Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the Dharmshala overbridge on Sunday, a day before it was to be inaugurated by Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav. The move was clearly aimed at giving a political jolt to Samajwadi Party workers.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2006 00:34 IST

BHARATIYA JANATA Party (BJP) MP Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the Dharmshala overbridge on Sunday, a day before it was to be inaugurated by Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav. The move was clearly aimed at giving a political jolt to Samajwadi Party workers.

Adityanath, along with his supporters, reached the overbridge and inaugurated it. Hindu Yuva Vahini activists and others flagged off traffic on the overbridge.
The tussle between the saffron brigade led by Adityanath here and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav intensified here in the last one year.

Earlier, during the visit of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh, Adityanath had given a Gorakhpur bandh call in June 2004 to protest against dismal power scenario. A similar call was given on September 28, 2005 to express their anger against the alleged insensitive attitude of the government towards Japanese Encephalitis (JE) patients in the region.

Moreover, the remarks of SP MP Ramgopal Yadav against the Gorakhnath temple and involvement of the Vahini in Mau communal riots added fuel to the fire.
In view of the activities of the saffron brigade in the region, the CM had taken personal interest in the zila panchayat chairperson’s election. The SP registered victory here, boosting the morale of party workers.

Earlier, BJP leaders Vibhrat Chand Kaushik and Vinay Kumar Singh Binnu and Adityanath’s representative Shital Pandey said the Chief Minister had no moral right to inaugurate the Dharmshala overbridge.

The saffron brigade claimed that all credit should go to Adityanath who maintained intense pressure on the government for allocation of budget to complete the overbridge and the then Village Development Minister Shivpratap Shukla and the then Chief Minister Rajnath Singh.

They claimed that the previous BJP Government had allocated funds for the bridge and blamed Mulayam Singh-led Government for neglecting the project.

First Published: Jan 23, 2006 00:34 IST