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Yogi Adityanath's actions show state moving towards Ram Rajya: UP minister

The senior BJP leader told ET that the government is not following a “policy of appeasement” like the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party regime but a policy of “janhit” (public interest).

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Updated: Jun 15, 2017, 12.01 AM IST
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The Yogi government has hiked the grant for UP’s pilgrims going for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh, leading to adoubling of pilgrims.
The Yogi government has hiked the grant for UP’s pilgrims going for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh, leading to adoubling of pilgrims.
NEW DELHI: The Yogi Adityanath government’s initiatives such as a daily Ram Leela in Ayodhya, Ras Leela in Vrindavan and setting up of Kailash Mansarovar Bhawan for pilgrims in Ghaziabad are all indicative of efforts to establish “Ram Rajya” in Uttar Pradesh, state’s religious affairs minister Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary has said.

The senior BJP leader told ET that the government is not following a “policy of appeasement” like the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party regime but a policy of “janhit” (public interest).

“The previous government built only a Haj House in Ghaziabad for Haj pilgrims. But we are also building a Kailash Mansarovar Bhawan in Ghaziabad at Rs 50 crore where pilgrims going for that yatra, the Chardham Yatra or the Sindhu Yatra to Ladakh can stay for free with all facilities,” said Chaudhary, who is the MLA from Chaata in Mathura.

He further said, “Such steps, along with starting of Ram Leela in Ayodhya, Ras Leela in Vrindavan, a daily kirtan and bhajan in Chitrakoot… apne aap samajh mein aa jaata hai ki yeh jitney bhi kadam badh rahe hain, yeh sab Ram Rajya ki sthapna ki taraf hi badh rahe hain (It is evident that all these steps are being taken to establish Ram Rajya).”

Chaudhary, who is also the minister for minority welfare, Muslim Waqf, Haj and culture, said madrasas should aim for more than just teaching people how to perform namaz. “We have given Rs 550 crore too for minority welfare for development of madrasas – Rs 1 crore each for 550 madrasas.

Our aim is that outdated education should not be given at madrasas and it should be oriented towards employment and be technical in nature,” he said.

“Jo aadmi padhne aaye aur bas namaz padhna seekh le, yeh koi madrasa ki khubi thodi hai(Madrasas should not aim at only teaching a person to perform namaz). Students coming to madrasas must get technical education which helps them get jobs,” the minister said.

Chaudhary referred to a few other projects as well, such as the Centre agreeing to pump in Rs 4,600 crore for development of Govardhan in Mathura, the spot where Lord Krishna is said to have lifted the Govardhan mountain in his childhood. “People used to do a parikrama (round) of the mountain on foot. We will start a tram service for the same. A comprehensive development plan for Mathura and Vrindavan is also being worked out,” he said. Besides, the minister said, a two-hour long Yoga class is being held daily for 1,500-2,000 people at Assi Ghat in Varanasi.

“We are also considering making pilgrimage free of cost with food and other facilities for senior citizens of UP going on Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand or to spots such as Rameswaram and Puri,” he said.

The Yogi government has hiked the grant for UP’s pilgrims going for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh, leading to adoubling of pilgrims.

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