CM, min­is­ters to give im­pe­tus to clean­li­ness cam­paign

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - UTTARPRADESH - Man­ish Chan­dra Pandey man­ish.pandey@hin­dus­tan­times.com

LUC­KNOW : The state gov­ern­ment and the rul­ing BJP have de­cided to cel­e­brate Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s 67th birth­day on Sun­day by fo­cus­ing on clean­li­ness cam­paign.

Led by chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath, deputy chief min­is­ters Ke­shav Prasad Mau­rya and Di­nesh Sharma along with 44 UP min­is­ters will launch swachta cam­paigns in var­i­ous parts of the state. The clean­li­ness cam­paign would be run across the state from Sun­day till Oc­to­ber 2 – Ma­hatma Gandhi’s birth­day.

But, it would be on Mon­day, when schools open, that BJP lead­ers and min­is­ters, law­mak­ers and of­fice-bear­ers would be seen in pri­mary gov­ern­ment schools of the state to cel­e­brate Modi’s birth­day with school stu­dents.

In fact, in PM Modi’s Varanasi Lok Sabha con­stituency, the lo­cal BJP unit in Kashi re­gion held spe­cial pro­grammes in schools on the eve of Modi’s birth­day.

On Mon­day, sim­i­lar cel­e­bra­tions would be held in var­i­ous other pri­mary schools of the state. “Through such cam­paigns in schools, the stu­dents are be­ing ini­ti­ated into the con­cept of clean­li­ness at an early age. The other ben­e­fit is that since all party lead­ers are ex­pected to adopt gov­ern­ment pri­mary schools, the fo­cus would en­sure that the sit­u­a­tion im­proves there,” said UP BJP gen­eral sec­re­tary Vi­jay Ba­hadur Pathak who has adopted a pri­mary school in Aza­m­garh’s Barsara Khalsa vil­lage.

Pathak who has pro­vided for fur­ni­ture and other ameni­ties that the pri­mary school lacked would cut a cake with stu­dents to cel­e­brate the day. All 312 BJP law­mak­ers from UP too are ex­pected to adopt pri­mary schools. The move to in­volve schools on Modi’s birth­day has also drawn praise from the RSS. Sangh leader Ra­jen­dra said, “It is go­ing to be a birth­day with a cause. It’s these cam­paigns that would bring about a mind­set change.” It is the first time when a top leader’s birth­day is be­ing linked to a cause as great as clean­li­ness, said Chan­dra Mo­han, UP BJP spokesper­son.

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BJP work­ers cel­e­brat­ing with school­child­ren on the eve of PM’s birth­day in Varanasi.

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