Uttar Pradesh: Money is now spent on teeth unlike kabristans of yore, says Yogi in Mathura


Alleging that previous Uttar Pradesh governments had spent money to build the boundaries of kabristans (cemeteries), Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Wednesday his government was spending money to develop Hindu pilgrimage centers (teerths).

Addressing a public event in Mathura, where he announced projects worth Rs 201 crore, the Chief Minister said, “Previously money was given to secure the kabristan boundaries (cemeteries ) and not for the development of pilgrimages. From now on, the rituals are organized on a large scale and the saints are respected. The Kumbh is a great example of reviving a 5,000 year old tradition.

He also denounced the opposition over the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya and said it would not have come true if there had been another government in the state.

“Ram Temple in Ayodhya is under construction thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Could this temple have been built by Congress? Would the BSP have built it? And what about babua,” he said, referring to former chief minister and Samajwadi party chairman Akhilesh Yadav.

“If it was babua, like abbajaan, they would have ordered fire during the construction of Ram Temple. If they had taken leave from the protection of terrorists, they would have thought about development, women empowerment, temples. On one side is the Ram bhakt government, and on the other are those who shoot the Ram bhakts,” he said, referring to Akhilesh and his father and party patriarch. Samajwadi, Mulayam Singh Yadav.

The CM’s visit to Mathura comes amid tension in the region after a retracted call for Hindu ritual ceremonies to be held by Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha at the Shahi Masjid Idga, adjacent to the Katra Keshav Dev temple complex in Mathura.

“This land, for 5000 years, has taught everyone how to celebrate his story. This is the place where Krishna was born and through his birth he blessed it. Because of this land, and through its lilacs, 5,000 years ago, Krishna gave guidance for the future, every element of this place has an identity of Lord Krishna,” Adityanath said.

Claiming that the “soul” of the country resides in Uttar Pradesh, he accused previous governments of tarnishing the image of the state.

He alleged that the government programs were only restricted to “four VIP districts: under previous governments, but they were now implemented across the state. “Previously only one family enjoyed benefits, now 25 million people in the state enjoy them,” Adityanath said.

Accusing opposition party leaders of not coming out to help people during the Covid-19 pandemic, he said they were no longer needed now and could continue to stay in “quarantine”.

“During the Covid, neither the BSP, nor the Congress, nor the SP were present on the ground. They were in home quarantine and self-isolation. They try to create a wavering in the elections. But when people were in danger, they remained isolated. They are expected to remain isolated at home for a few more years. No need for them to go out in public,” he said.

The CM alleged that the mafia who were “welcomed with both arms” under previous governments are now being shown the doors of prison.

He also announced that phones and tablets will be donated to young people this month as part of the empowerment policies. “Not only for working from home, but it will be a good platform for online education. Exams will be taken online,” the CM said.

With PTI inputs

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