100 days: Yogi govt counts its pluses, Oppn minuses
Yogi Adityanath on Monday completed 100 days in office as Uttar Pradesh chief minister but it was a low-key anniversary with no big event to showcase the achievements of the government.
The BJP government, which assumed office on March 18 after bagging 325 of the 403 Assembly seats along with its allies, faces major challenges, some of the biggest being raising funds for the farm loan-waiver and law and order issues, including communal clashes.
The loan-waiver, a pre-poll promise of the BJP, has the finance department burning the proverbial midnight oil as it tries to offload the sudden fiscal burden of nearly Rs 36,369 crore.
This, coupled with Rs 34,000 crore for the implementation of the seventh pay commission recommendations, has put an additional burden of Rs 70,000 crore on the state's coffers, an official said.
There are other challenges too. Like arranging funds for mega projects like the Purvanchal e-way.
The government has also admitted it could manage to make just 63 per cent of the state's roads pothole free by the June 15 deadline set by the chief minister.
Distribution of free laptops among students, mentioned in the BJP manifesto, is another unfinished promise. The scheme was inaugurated on March 19 but there is no launch date yet.
The 45-year-old saffron clad chief minister and his cabinet colleagues have already sought more time saying they inherited a "jungle raj" from the SP government and it would take them some time to set things in order.
As the state government was busy preparing a 100-day achievement document, opposition parties stepped up their attack.
State Congress spokesperson Dwijendra Tripathi ridiculed the ruling party for making promises that it could not meet.
"Two months of the Adityanath government have not sent out any strong message on any of the issues which were part of BJP's campaign –improved law-and-order situation and better administration," he said.
BSP chief Mayawati alleged that the Dalits, the OBCs as well as forward castes, including Brahmins, have been facing "atrocities" in the state in an apparent attempt to associate Adityanath and his government with Kshatriyas only.
As head of the Gorakhnath Peeth, Adityanath has often associated himself with Kshatriya symbols.