Casteism, regionalism have caused irreparable damage to UP: Yogi

Casteism, regionalism have caused irreparable damage to UP: Yogi
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Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said casteism, regionalism and linguism have caused irreparable damage to Uttar Pradesh and now it has to move forward with determination to become the best state in the country.

Lucknow: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said casteism, regionalism and linguism have caused irreparable damage to Uttar Pradesh and now it has to move forward with determination to become the best state in the country. The chief minister made the remarks after inaugurating along with Governor Anandiben Patel the three-day 'Uttar Pradesh Day' celebrations.

"Today, UP is moving forward with pride and dignity. The lines of division on the basis of caste, region, religion and language have caused irreparable damage to Uttar Pradesh.

Ending these anomalies, we have to move forward with determination to make UP stand in the category of the best state," Adityanath said. He also said that being born in UP is a matter of pride in itself.

"It is difficult to be born in India and it is more difficult to be born as a human being. If there is an opportunity to be born in Uttar Pradesh, then it is a pride for an Indian," the chief minister said.

"This is the birthplace of 'Maryada Purushottam' Lord Shri Ram and 'Leeladhari' Shri Krishna. It is the holy land of Tathagat Gautam Buddha...also the land of Ganga-Yamuna. This is the 74th foundation day of Uttar Pradesh and it is being held as 'UP Day' with a new resolution," the CM said.

Adityanath said UP should act as a growth engine to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's aim to make India's economy the world's largest. The three-day statewide event from January 24- 26 is being celebrated this year with a focus on investment and employment.

The UP foundation day (January 24) has been celebrated for three days since 2018 with the participation of all government departments. However, this year, it has been decided to ensure public participation in the celebrations, an official statement quoting UP Chief Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra had earlier said.

Referring to the contribution of UP in the freedom struggle, the chief minister recalled the names of freedom fighters like Mangal Pandey, Rani of Jhansi, Bandhu Singh, Dhan Singh Kotwal and said that Gorakhpur's Chauri Chaura incident and Lucknow's Kakori Kand (conspiracy) are witnesses to the freedom struggle. Naimisharanya of Sitapur is the base of India's vedic knowledge and it is also in UP, he said.

Giving credit to former Governor Ram Naik for organizing UP Day, Adityanath said, "I cannot forget that when the double engine government was formed in 2017, then Governor Ram Naik reminded all of us that all the states have their own foundation day and organise it as their day, but UP does not.

" "He (Naik) expressed the desire to organise it and in 2018 it was started. The 'One District-One Product' (ODOP) scheme was taken forward on this day," he said, adding that this (ODOP) scheme has doubled the exports of UP.

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