Even before forming the government, Narendra Modi has some gifts for Uttar Pradesh

After a thumping majority in the recently concluded assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Narendra Modi has started to fulfill his poll promises even before the BJP government is yet to form in the state. The Prime Minister led CCEA (Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs) cleared a mega infrastructure project which will benefit millions of people in the eastern part of the state. The cabinet approved the Rs 2147 crore project for widening of Handia-Varanasi stretch in Uttar Pradesh. The stretch will be made six-lane which will ease the traffic around Varanasi and boost the socio-economic condition of the region.

“The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval for development of the six laning of Handia-Varanasi section of NH-2 in Uttar Pradesh,” the ministry of road transport and highways said in a statement after the meeting. This project has been awarded under the government’s National Highways Development Project (NHDP) which aims at constructing expressways of global standards all across India.

In another news, the Uttar Pradesh police and administration all across the state have started heavy crackdown on illegal activities such as unauthorized sale of guns & ammunition, arms dealers and gangs responsible for crime across the state. The Uttar Pradesh police, based on a tip-off sealed a few gun shops in the state. On the condition of anonymity, a police officer said that earlier the local political representative put pressure on us to not act against certain elements. With the change in power, there is no longer any pressure.

The arrest of rape accused former Samajwadi Party MLA Gayatri Prajapati by the Uttar Pradesh police yesterday is another testimony to the fact that laxity in law and order will not be tolerated by the new government. Gayatri Prajapati who was absconding since weeks after Supreme Court had asked UP police to register an FIR against him for his alleged involvement in rape, was arrested from Lucknow. Along with Prajapati, six others who were also involved in the gang rape have been arrested. The arrest of Gayatri Prajapati, improving the law and order in the state and ensuring the safety of women were a few key promises made by PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah in their rallies before the UP assembly elections. The start seems to be in a right direction.

Kshitij Mohan


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