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Will deal strictly with elements trying to fan hatred and riots in UP: Adityanath

Lucknow/Kanpur, Nov 23 (MNN) Issuing a strict warning to those “trying to fan hatred and riots” in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said that such elements would be dealt with strictly.

He said strict maintenance of law and order was a priority for his government due to which UP had “emerged as a riot-free state”.

“I will ask the followers of ‘chacha jaan’ and ‘abba jaan’ to listen carefully — if you spoil the atmosphere by provoking (communal) feelings in the state, my government knows how to deal with it strictly,” Adityanath said while addressing Booth Presidents’ Conference during inauguration of district headquarters office in Kanpur.

Earlier, he said, there used to be riots every third or fourth day in Uttar Pradesh, but now the state has gained the identity of ‘riot-free’ state.

He accused All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Asaduddin Owaisi was “trying to instigate people” by becoming an agent of the Samajwadi Party. “He should keep in mind that now the government is not backing riots, but now runs the bulldozers on the mafia. Uttar Pradesh is no longer a mafia-dominated state,” the BJP leader remarked.

The Chief Minister said that Kanpur and Bundelkhand areas in the state hold special significance because both Jhansi and Bithoor played a crucial role in the First War of Independence in 1857.

“This area could have gained recognition with the presence of natural resources, however, the previous governments looted it and hollowed it out. But, today, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this area is progressing towards development,” the Chief Minister said.

Criticising the opposition for “trading in politics of lies”, the Chief Minister said that while the Bharatiya Janata Party and all our workers served the nation selflessly amid Covid-19 peak, other political parties chose to save themselves and left the public to their fate.

“We worked to save people amid the pandemic through free testing, free vaccines and free ration. Sankat ka saathi? Bharatiya Janata Party,” the CM claimed.

In his speech, BJP chief JP Nadda asserted that Modi had done more for farmers than any Indian farmer leader. He targeted the opposition parties, alleging that they believe in family rule and not democracy.

“Many people become leaders of farmers but if someone has done anything for the farmers, it is Modi. Every BJP worker served poor families during the coronavirus pandemic.”

“We get votes cast for the nation, for development of the country. We do not get votes for appeasement,” Nadda added.

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