BJP for grand Di­wali in Kashi, Mathura too

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - NATION - Haidar Naqvi haider­naqvi@hin­dus­tan­times.com

KAN­PUR : Not only Ay­o­d­hya, the Yogi Adityanath govern­ment is plan­ning grand Di­wali cel­e­bra­tions in Varanasi and Mathura too.

Dur­ing the state ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing of the Bharatiya Janata Party here, the party lead­ers an­nounced that a grand Dev Deep­awali would be or­gan­ised at the tem­ple town of Varanasi – the par­lia­men­tary con­stituency of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi.

The state ex­ec­u­tive was also in­formed that chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath would be in Ay­o­d­hya on the eve of Di­wali on Oc­to­ber 18 where the cel­e­bra­tions would be a “his­toric spec­ta­cle”.

Dev Deep­awali is cel­e­brated in Varanasi 15 days af­ter the Di­wali fes­ti­val. Peo­ple light up ghee-filled earthen lamps at the ghats.

The party lead­ers said the fes­ti­val would also be cel­e­brated in Mathura, the birth­place of Lord Kr­ishna, where tem­ples and prom­i­nent build­ings of the city would be dec­o­rated. The events would fo­cus on bring­ing the BJP’s Ay­o­d­hya-Kashi-Mathura theme back into the lime­light, they said.

This year’s bud­get had spe­cial men­tion of Ay­o­d­hya, Varanasi and Mathura and Rs 1,240 crore were ear­marked for the Ra­mayana, Bud­dhist and Kr­ishna cir­cuits. While the CM pledged all the 80 seats for the party in 2019 Lok Sabha elec­tions, it was de­cided the BJP would strate­gi­cally blunt the op­po­si­tion’s claims on the eco­nomic sce­nario af­ter de­mon­eti­sa­tion and GST.

The party would go to the peo­ple at mi­cro-level, par­tic­u­larly among the poor and Dal­its, to cre­ate aware­ness on cen­tral and state govern­ment’s pub­lic wel­fare schemes.

“GST has been im­ple­mented for a greater cause and added 35% ex­tra rev­enue to UP’s kitty. Un­like other par­ties, we will not be com­pla­cent or sit back on lau­rels,” said state BJP pres­i­dent Ma­hen­dra Nath Pandey.

The CM an­nounced the launch of one district-one prod­uct plan to boost mi­cro and small en­ter­prises in the state. Un­der the plan, the govern­ment would en­cour­age unique busi­ness fea­ture of var­i­ous dis­tricts.

It was also de­cided that loan waiver for 86 lakh farm­ers, 97% clear­ance of sug­ar­cane farm­ers’ dues and higher min­i­mum sup­port price to farm­ers would be sell­ing points for the party in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls.

Pandey said the way dues of sug­ar­cane farm­ers were cleared, it rev­o­lu­tionised this sec­tor pan-In­dia. “States like Ma­ha­rash­tra are ask­ing how did we do it,” he said. “Our achieve­ments will be com­mu­ni­cated to the peo­ple in the best pos­si­ble way. We will tell the peo­ple how this govern­ment did not com­pro­mise with the in­ter­est of the peo­ple,” he said.

The state ex­ec­u­tive passed the po­lit­i­cal res­o­lu­tion drafted af­ter the Wed­nes­day meet­ing with of­fice-bear­ers, the party strate­gised for the ur­ban lo­cal body polls, which would be the first ma­jor test of this govern­ment af­ter tak­ing over in March.

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Chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath, state BJP pres­i­dent Ma­hen­dra Nath Pandey and Dy CM Di­nesh Sharma pay­ing trib­ute to party ide­o­logues dur­ing the state ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing in Kan­pur on Thurs­day.

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