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After Caste-based Violence in UP, CM Adityanath has Lunch With Dalits


Updated: June 14, 2017, 10:49 PM IST
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After Caste-based Violence in UP, CM Adityanath has Lunch With Dalits
File photo of UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath (Photo: Getty)
Gorakhpur (UP): Following the recent caste-based disturbance in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday had lunch with people from the Dalit community and unveiled a statue of B R Ambedkar in Harmanpur village.

Over 100 people participated, including the Dalits, at a programme where the CM urged the assemblage to take the Dalit community along.

The state government has faced criticism in the wake of tensions between upper castes and Dalits that have led to violence in UP, three months after the BJP's stunning victory in the Assembly polls.

The Congress accused the UP government of practising untouchability after reports emerged last month that the state administration distributed soap and shampoo to Musahar Dalit families ahead of a public meeting with Adityanath.

Earlier, Adityanath said that the temple town here will soon have air connectivity with Mumbai and Nepal's capital Kathmandu.

He said this after inaugurating the new terminal at Gorakhpur airport.

Emphasising on the importance of regional air connectivity, he said the priority of the state government is to start flight services to places like Allahabad, Bareilly,
Kanpur, Jhansi and Faizabad.

"From development point of view, it is important that districts in Uttar Pradesh have low-cost air connectivity with the rest of the country and inauguration of this terminal is an effort in that direction," Adityanath said.

"Soon, air service from Gorakhpur to Mumbai and Kathmandu will be started," the chief minister said.

He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to providing cheap aviation services to citizens, adding "His dream is that even a poor person should fly in an aeroplane".

Union minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha, who was also present on the occasion, said, "Another addition has been made to the developmental programmes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi".

He also asked officials to start construction of the second terminal of Gorakhpur airport at the earliest.

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: June 14, 2017, 10:35 PM IST
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