Backing chief minister Yogi Adityanath for a second term, on the day he filed his nomination from Gorakhpur, Modi said the Yogi government was important ‘to keep rioters at bay’, saying if they come to power, they would ‘become more unabashed in their destruction’.
Modi said the ‘double engine governments’ of BJP at the Centre and state were concerned about the present and future of farmers, which is why agriculture budget has been ‘increased six times’ as compared to allocations of previous governments. He said out of the Rs 70,000 crore PM Kisan Samman Nidhi corpus, a major portion was given to small farmers of UP. “If they get a chance, thousands of crores of aid given to farmers will be stopped by parivaarvadis and fake Samajwadis. The MSP sent to accounts of farmers will also be stopped. Fake Samajwadis who only think of their own families will stop free ration and leave you to starve,” Modi alleged, while appealing to voters to be ‘aware of such possibilities.’
Modi said the budget had provisions to help poor and middleclass farmers of UP to undertake a meaningful transition. Areas struggling with water shortage will receive relief and a large amounts have been provisioned for cleanliness of villages and cities and Gram Sadak Yojana. “Be it Varanasi-Kolkata expressway or Gorakhpur-Siliguri corridor, projects worth thousands of crores will strengthen connectivity of UP and bring more jobs,” he said.
100% of the eligible population received the first dose of vaccination and 70% the second dose in UP, he said. It was a befitting reply to people who questioned the efficacy of vaccines, he said. “Those steeped in negative activities of politics did not shy away from playing with human lives when they spread rumours. I am grateful to people of the country that you did not listen to them and received vaccines, as you have helped save the nation. You have made them understand that Samajwadi lies cannot survive,” he alleged. For many years since Independence, Meerut, Aligarh and regions close to Delhi were difficult to access, but ‘double engine government has worked to reduce distance from Delhi to a few minutes,’ Modi said. There has been ‘unparalleled swiftness’ in development work in the state, he said.