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BJP goes for inclusive UP poll manifesto

Yogi Adityanath to place 30,000 Akansha Petis across 403 Assembly constituencies to collect public opinion on the promises to be made

By VIRENDRA SINGH RAWAT

LUCKNOW, Dec 15 (The CONNECT) - Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath today flagged off a mega drive to pick ideas from the general public for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) manifesto for the coming 2022 state assembly polls.

The ‘UP Number One’ campaign calls for suggestions for incorporating in the party’s election manifesto, which the BJP terms as ‘Sankalp Patra’ (pledge document). The party will keep 30,000 ‘akansha peti’ (aspiration box) across 403 assembly constituencies of UP for the people to drop in their suggestions in writing.

Analysts say BJP must have been inspired by Anil Kapoor starrer Bollywood blockbuster Nayak – The Real hero. In the movie, Anil, as a CM, collects public feedback through suggestion boxes kept at traffic junctions and acts on them.

The people can also contribute their ideas over email, WhatsApp and the party’s website, apart from submitting their voice messages on the issue, even reaching the distress spots in a typical movie style.

For Yogi, as he himself said, the process of garnering suggestions from the public would go a long way in ensuring that UP realised its dream of becoming a trillion-dollar economy.

“We have fulfilled promises made in the 2017 ‘sankalp patra’ and made UP figure among the leading states in the country,” the CM said while attacking

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the previous governments for the socioeconomic mess in the state.

After coming to power, the first step we took was to announce the waiver of crop loans. During the pandemic, when sugar mills were shut in India and abroad, the state government ensured that the mills in UP continued to crush sugar cane in the interests of farmers, he pointed out.

He claimed sugarcane payments worth Rs 1.48 lakh crore had been made in UP since 2017 even as he recalled the achievements of the state government in different sectors, including health, industry, agriculture, social etc.

In the backdrop of the recent farm stir, inflation and pandemic induced challenges, the BJP government is making outreach to the major sections of society particularly farmers to keep them in good humour apparently for electoral gains, analysts say.

The ruling party has also lined up farmer meets across the state with a double-barrel, peace and war strategy-  to allay their fears and blunt the opposition onslaught.

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