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UP CM Yogi Adityanath to break jinx, will be in Noida for Prime Minister’s event

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will ride the Metro from Botanical Garden station, before addressing public

noida Updated: Dec 20, 2017 14:33 IST
Rajesh Kumar Singh
Rajesh Kumar Singh
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UP CM Yogi Adityanath,Prime Minister Narendra Modi,Noida Jinx
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath (left) and Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma on their way to attend the winter session of UP Assembly, in Lucknow on Tuesday. (PTI)

Superstition has scared away successive UP chief ministers from visiting the state’s urban hub – Noida – as it is widely believed that whoever visits the area, loses power.

On Tuesday when chief minister Yogi Adityanath announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the Noida Metro on December 25, political circles were agog to know whether the monk-turned-politician would break the Noida jinx and visit it.

However, a senior state government officer confirmed that Yogi will be present at the flag-off function. The Noida administration immediately started preparation, on war footing, for the visit of the PM and CM.

The Noida Metro will cut the travel time between Noida and South Delhi, the officer, who did not want to be named, said.

Though Noida or Gautam Budh Nagar district had been developed from a cluster of small villages into the prime economic zone of the state, it has remained ‘no-go-zone’ for the UP CMs.

After becoming CM in March, Yogi announced that he will visit all the 75 districts of the state to review law and order. In May he launched a whirlwind tour of the state but avoided Noida.

A BJP leader said since the review meetings were held at divisional headquarters, Yogi did not visit the urban hub.

Speaking in the legislative assembly on Tuesday, Yogi said the government will showcase Noida Metro as a development model and commitment of the state government to provide better transportation facilities. He said works on Kanpur and Agra Metros will also start soon.

In his five-year term, Yogi’s predecessor Akhilesh Yadav stayed away from Noida. He did not attend the Asian Development Bank Summit organized in May 2013 though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was the chief guest.

He launched the Rs 3,300 crore development projects, including access to six-lane Yamuna Expressway, through video link from Lucknow. The family members of Dadri lynching victim Mohammad Ikhlaq were brought to Lucknow to meet Akhilesh.

Akhilesh’s predecessors, including his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, Kalyan Singh and Rajnath Singh too avoided Noida. Even their rallies were organized in neighbouring Ghaziabad, Meerut, Bulandshahar and Mathura but not in Noida.

The so-called Noida jinx took root after then chief minister Veer Bahadur Singh was asked to step down in June 1988 by the central leadership. Interestingly, he had returned from Noida, when asked to step down.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati braved the superstition during her term as CM (2007-12) and attended programmes organized by the state government in Noida. When BSP lost power in the 2012 assembly election, the Noida jinx was back in the news.

CM Warns builders of action

Yogi said his government was committed to provide respite to homebuyers waiting for their flats in Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority area.

Warning the builders, he said they are exploiting homebuyers and the government will not tolerate their wrong doing. “Action will be taken against builders who have cheated the people”, he said.

The government will divide builders into three categories -- builders who give possession to buyers on time, builders who take time to give possession of houses and defaulter and corrupt builders.

The government has decided to get audit done of the defaulters. The state government is committed to provide 50,000 houses to buyers, he said.

First Published: Dec 20, 2017 14:33 IST