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Time for telephonic governance as Yogi assumes mahant’s role  

As chief minister Yogi Adityanath is camping in Gorakhpur to perform special puja at Gorakhnath temple on Navratra and lead the religious procession on Dussehra, it appears it is time for telephonic governance in Uttar Pradesh.

lucknow Updated: Sep 29, 2017 13:36 IST
Umesh Raghuvanshi
Umesh Raghuvanshi
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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Yogi, who left for Gorakhpur on Tuesday, is expected to return to Lucknow only after the traditional Dussehra procession that he will lead on September 30. (HT Photo)

As chief minister Yogi Adityanath is camping in Gorakhpur to perform special puja at Gorakhnath temple on Navratra and lead the religious procession on Dussehra, it appears it is time for telephonic governance in Uttar Pradesh.

Yogi is keeping senior officers on their toes by constantly remaining in touch with them and giving necessary instructions over the phone.

As the day begins, Yogi keeps switching between his roles as the chief priest of Gorakhnath temple and the UP chief minister. Sometimes, he even calls up an officer as early as 6 am.

“I got three calls from the CM this morning. The governance is as smooth as it was during his stay in Lucknow,” a senior officer said.

Yogi is in touch with not only chief secretary Rajive Kumar, principal secretary (home) Arvind Kumar, DGP Sulkhan Singh and officers of his secretariat, but is also calling up officers of other departments as well,” he added.

“The CM is busy with official work in Gorakhpur too. He is performing special puja only early in the morning and then in the evening. He is performing his official duties as CM throughout the day meeting people and even media persons,” another officer said.

Yogi, who left for Gorakhpur on Tuesday, is expected to return to Lucknow only after the traditional Dussehra procession that he will lead on September 30.

Uttar Pradesh has two deputy chief ministers – Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma – to assist Yogi on important issues.

However, Yogi has not made any alternate arrangement for his absence. “In this era of technology, there is no need to make alternate arrangements. The CM is in the state and not on a foreign tour. A deputy CM or a minister may be asked to take care of a work if the CM is not able to attend to it,” said another officer.

This is not the first time that a CM is camping out of Lucknow for five days.

“In the past, chief ministers have stayed out of Lucknow for a considerable period. As CM, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav went on foreign tours for more than a week. Official work did not suffer in his absence as modern means of communication are available everywhere. Yogi has also remained out of Lucknow for 2-3 days in the past and always remained accessible,” said the officer.

However, Yogi’s detractors are not amused. Leaders of opposition parties are targeting him for taking more interest in his responsibilities as the chief priest of Gorakhnath temple.

Read: CM Yogi Adityanath to double up as Mahant Adityanath till Dussehra

“We respect Yogi Adityanath as chief priest and he is very good at performing his duties at the temple. The BJP should also respect Yogi’s work as chief priest and find out a capable and full-time CM,” Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) president Raj Babbar said.

First Published: Sep 29, 2017 13:36 IST