Thwart Opposition bid to misguide people: CM Yogi Adityanath to party workers

“We are standing on the verge of the 2022 Assembly elections. Thus, selection of issues and attempts of Opposition to misguide will go on simultaneously,” said the chief minister.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday warned BJP leaders and workers that in the run-up to next year’s Assembly elections they would have to be cautious not just about that the issues that have to be raised but also face the Opposition’s attempts to divert attention from the administration’s successes.

At the party’s state executive committee meeting, Adityanath claimed that the Opposition would try to spread negativity but BJP workers would have to inform the public about the efforts of both the Centre and the state government during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are standing on the verge of the 2022 Assembly elections. Thus, selection of issues and attempts of Opposition to misguide will go on simultaneously,” said the chief minister.

Backing his government’s decision to enact an anti-conversion law, Adityanath claimed that recent incidents of people changing their identities, and using children with disabilities to spread “jihadi unmad [jihadi frenzy]” had proven that his administration’s apprehensions were correct.

The chief minister lashed out at his predecessor and Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav, saying a responsible leader was questioning the security agencies that are “exposing the attempts of terrorists”. Adityanath alleged that soon after the SP came to power in 2012 it cleared the charges against the accused in the 2008 CRPF camp attack, the 2005 Ram Janmabhoomi attack, and those involved in the court blasts in Ayodhya and Varanasi. The chief minister claimed that “Pakistan zindabad” slogans were raised at a recent SP rally in Agra.

Meanwhile, the state executive committee approved the political resolution placed by BJP state vice-president and MLA Laxman Acharya. Fellow state vice-president Pankaj Singh and state secretary Meena Chaubey backed the resolution.

The resolution lists the government’s “achievements”, including the start of the construction of the Ayodhya Ram temple, the construction of expressways, Covid-19 management, improving education, employment generation, and the management of migrant labourers.

With the Opposition targeting the state government’s handling of the Covid pandemic, the political resolution at length mentions the government’s “successful Covid-19 management” and how the state with the largest population was able to control it despite the Opposition’s “negativity”. The document claimed that the second Covid wave was handled in just 10 days in Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of PM Narendra Modi. According to it, record vaccination took place in the state.

The party claimed that the party performed well in the rural polls because of the policies of the government, and Adityanath’s hard work. The BJP claimed it had given the state a government of “best law and order, and governance”. It alleged that previous governments led by the SP, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Congress promoted “terrorist activities”.

Campaigns ahead

The state executive committee decided that the party would prepare a “Swastha Swayamsewak” with the possibility of a third Covid wave in mind. Party leaders have been told to identify one man and a woman health volunteer in 56,000 villages and 12,000 wards by July 20. These health workers will be imparted training.

The BJP has also decided to organise special vaccination campaigns on July 23, 24 and 25 across the state to inoculate service providers such as milkmen, vegetable vendors, and taxi drivers.

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