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Like every year, Vantangiyas await CM Yogi Adityanath this Diwali too

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who has been celebrating Diwali with underprivileged children of Vantangiya community as local MP for the last 10 years, is awaited eagerly by community members who expect him to continue the practice despite his busy schedule.

lucknow Updated: Oct 07, 2017 14:32 IST
Abdul Jadid
Abdul Jadid
Hindustan Times, Gorakhpur
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Women of Vantangiya community cleaning their village hoping that the CM will celebrate Diwali with them this year too.(HT Photo)

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who has been celebrating Diwali with underprivileged children of Vantangiya community as local MP for the last 10 years, is awaited eagerly by community members who expect him to continue the practice despite his busy schedule.

Tinkuniya Jangal village (one among the many where Vantangiyas reside), deprived of basic facilities as it has not been recognised as revenue village even after 70 year of Independence, has a strong bond with Yogi who has been raising the issue of their plight time and again in Parliament as the MP.

It was after Yogi became the chief minister that the village received attention and facilities like electricity, toilets and schools. Soon, it is also likely to be declared a revenue village--a prerequisite for a village to get benefit of government run schemes.

“As the local MP, Yogi ji has been vociferous in raising our issue. He has been visiting here since 2007 to share happiness of Diwali with children. He has now been elevated as UP CM but we are sure that he would come here on Diwali despite his busy schedule,” village head Ranvijay Tilkonia told HT.

He said the excitement to celebrate Diwali had doubled among the locals after Yogi’s elevation as the CM. The locals have already started cleaning the village in the anticipation of Yogi’s visit. Even women folk are taking part in making the village spick and span.

He shared that every year, Yogi distributed copies, books, pens, pencils and sweets among children while celebrating the festival of lights with them. To ensure education of children, the Hindu Vidyapeeth was also established by Gorakhnath temple in 2007, he added.

“Some of them are so strongly attached to him that they have decided not to celebrate Diwali if the CM fails to join them on the festival of light,” the village head said. He said although no official programme of the CM has been announced yet, Yogi was likely to arrive at the Gorakhnath Temple to celebrate Diwali on October 19.

Who are Vantangiyas?

Vantangiyas derived their name from their ancestors who were made to grow and cut down trees in ‘Van’ (forest) by the British. Their families settled in forests. Later, when the forest department forced them to vacate the land, Yogi Adityanath fought for their rights.