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UP was run by gangsters before 2017: PM Modi

UP was run by gangsters before 2017: PM Modi
Narendra Modi
ALIGARH/ LUCKNOW, SEP 14 (PTI) | Publish Date: 9/14/2021 2:21:42 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said Uttar Pradesh was run by gangsters and mafias before 2017, but now things have changed under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and such elements are behind the bars.

He also said that earlier roadblocks were created in the implementation of welfare schemes meant for the poor, but now there are no such hurdles and the benefits of these schemes are reaching the needy.

Modi was addressing a function after laying the foundation stone of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University here.

The university is being established by the state government in the memory and honour of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh, the great freedom fighter, educationist and social reformer. It is being set up in a total area of over 92 acres at Lodha village and Musepur Kareem Jarouli village of Aligarh’s Kol tehsil.

The university will provide affiliation to 395 colleges of the Aligarh division. The prime minister also visited an exhibition on the Aligarh node of the Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor.

He said India was earlier seen as an importer of defence equipment, but today it is considered a leading defence exporter.

“Today not only India, but the world is watching how equipment ranging from modern grenades, rifles, fighter planes, drones and warships, are manufactured in the country itself,” he noted.

Modi also remembered veteran BJP leader Kalyan Singh and said had he been there on this occasion, he would have appreciated a university coming up in the name of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh, in his home district.

The Adityanath government’s decision to set up the university after the noted Jat figure is being politically seen as part of the ruling BJP’s bid to win over the community ahead of the crucial state assembly polls early next year.

A section of Jats, who live in sizeable numbers in western Uttar Pradesh, is seen to be aggrieved with the BJP over the farmers issue.

Meanwhile, Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma briefed Modi about the upcoming university.

Governor Anandiben Patel was also present on the occasion.

Akhilesh contests PM’s claim over crime in UP, asks him to check data
Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday challenged Prime Minister Narerndra Modi’s claim about the crime situation in Uttar Pradesh, asking him to check data of the Home Department and other central agencies. At a function after laying the stone of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University in Aligarh, PM Modi earlier in the day said UP was run by gangsters and mafias before 2017. The SP was ruling the state then.
In a scathing attack at the BJP, Yadav told reporters at a press conference here that it is good to set up a university but the party “runs the best training centre of telling lies”. He asked the BJP to pick “bulldozer” as its election symbol, referring to the alleged demolition of houses of some Ayodhya residents.
Yadav also asked Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi to get his eyesight tested, replying to the CM’s assertion that the Opposition leader lacked vision. Yadav told reporters that the UP government is not working according to the law and warned officials that his party is preparing a list of those who violated the law, stressing that they won’t be spared once his party’s government comes to power. When his attention was drawn to the PM’s comment over the law and order, Yadav said, “He should ask for the data of the Home Department or Dial 100 to see who is increasing the crime.”
He asked the PM to go through the NCRB report and also see which state has been served maximum notices by the National Human Rights Commission.
Yadav said the PM should also ask the Uttar Pradesh CM who are the top 10 mafia in the state.
All are aware how the CM withdrew cases against himself, he said.
He also accused the ruling party of failing to honour its own leaders, referring to the foundation laying of a university after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Lucknow in 2019 and asked about its status.
He alleged that the government uses the work of other governments to honour its own leaders and assured that if his party came to power, they will set up a university or college at Vajpayee’s native Bateshwar village in Agra.
 

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