Yogi Adityanath makes surprise visit to Lok Sabha, takes a jibe at Rahul, Akhilesh
Newly-appointed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday took a jibe at his predecessor Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi saying he 'came between' the duo as he made a reference to their age.
"I am one year younger than Rahul Gandhi and one year older than Akhilesh Yadav. I have come in between the pair and this could probably be the reason of your failure," Yogi said, addressing his comments to Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge in his first appearance in the Lok Sabha after taking charge as UP CM.
Adityanath, an MP from Gorakhpur, will have to resign from his seat and must get elected from either the Legislative Assembly of Legislative Council of UP within 6 months.
Inviting the members of the House to UP, the state which he now leads, Yogi said his government will work for everyone, not specifically for any caste or community.
"Uttar Pradesh will become the dream state of Prime Minister. UP will be an ideal state. We will work to make the state free of corruption, rowdyism and hooliganism. We will present a development model which will prevent distress migration of youths for jobs," he said.
He added that a lot of things will now close down in the state, invoking a laughter from the members.
Talking about the achivement of BJP-led Central government, Yogi said credited Finance Minister Arun Jaitley fro bringing down the fiscal deficit.
"The country was in a sorry state when we came to power in 2014. The economy is currently growing at 7 per cent. I thank the Finance Minister for breathing new life into our country's economy. This government has worked for all sections of society without any discrimination," the five-time Lok Sabha MP from Gorakhpur said.
He claimed credit for bringing about changes in Gorakhpur, which he admitted did not enjoy a positive image among people earlier.
Now, he said, no trader in Gorakhpur paid "goonda tax", the town did not witness incidents of abduction and there were no communal riots in eastern Uttar Pradesh.
"We will be successful in generating the same situation in Uttar Pradesh."
Adityanath was sworn in as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. He has stressed that the law and order situation will be the top priority for the new regime.
As promised by the BJP during the Assembly elections, Yogi government has also initiated a crack down on illegal slaughterhouses in the state.