The last few months have seen some crucial times in the politics of our country when impactful decisions were taken that have had quite the bearing on our lives.
The next one month would again witness some significant moves by the prominent national and state leaders, one of them being Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath.
Along with his Cabinet ministers – Deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya, Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti and senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya, the UP CM will soon be seen visiting Bihar and rallying from May 25 to June 15, to address people and inform them more about what PM Narendra Modi’s government has achieved over the span of 3 years, now that Modi-led BJP government is about to complete 3 years of its tenure in office on 26th May.
While PM Modi claimed that the state BJP unit is enthusiastic about UP CM’s visit to Bihar for the first time after being sworn in as the CM, and is fixing on “areas where the visiting leaders would address people”, BSP has been raising questions on the governance of the UP government after Yogi came to power.
According to BSP legislature party leader, Lalji Verma, UP government has not taken any concrete steps towards curbing crime, and further condemned the latter over “merely blowing its own trumpet” and making announcements, but not stopping criminals who seem to have taken law in their hands, indicated by a spike in the rate of crimes.
Making a note of the kind of crimes happening in the state off late, Verma quoted incidents of brutal crime like the Holi gate heist (calling it“film-style loot”), major loot cases in Gorakhpur (Yogi’s home district), an IAS officer’s killing, incidents of rape and some civic issues of open potholes, Verma directed his questions at the state government on their actions against these crimes. He also stressed that the arrangement for good doctors to establish medical colleges in U.P. that had initially been promised by the government has also ended up as a “mere announcement”.
Drawing similarities between the functioning of UP government and the Centre, Verma further likened the Centre to being a sort of “magical government” that had made announcements on increasing the number of jobs and people’s bank balances, none of which have materialized so far.
The argument happened during the Question Hour when SP leaders too emphasized on the rise in the number of crimes in the state after BJP’s ascend to power.
Later, the state party president of Congress, Raj Babbar too took a dig at Yogi Adityanath’s regime after meeting the family of the Holi gate heist victim, Vikas Agarwal, asking the CM to “hand over the job to someone else”, if he cannot take effective control of the state’s law and order system. Babbar also pointed out that the families of the victims had not yet received compensation under the government, while criticizing BJP on “making law and order a poll issue”.
Yogi Adityanath however maintains that he has had just two months in UP as CM but he still believes that “everyone in the state knows that there is an improvement in law and order”, especially when the law and order situation was handed over to him as a legacy by the previous regime. He claims to not tolerate crimes committed in political patronage in the state and assures changed law and order environment within a year.
While some believe that this argument was a conscious effort by the opposition parties to defame the current government and Yogi’s rise to power, others may now begin to notice and analyse the government’s future moves, especially Yogi’s Bihar visit and BJP’s plans in the state.
In the wake of speculations abound that this visit is being planned to bolster the government’s stature in the state of Bihar where the ruling party is already an alliance between the JD(U) and RJD, it will be interesting to see if Yogi Adityanath is able to take this challenging situation in his stride.