It would be too early to pass a judgement on the performance of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, but the changes on ground are already visible at least in relation to the cleanliness drive.
Several shopkeepers have put up notices asking customers to use the dustbins they have put adjacent to their shops. The shop owners claim that they are inspired by Yogi Adityanath.
Some shop owners at the Mahatma Gandhi Marg where the Chief Minister is presently staying have put up such notices in large numbers and are exhorting the customers with folded hands to help them in the mission. Jitender Kumar Yadav runs a makeshift dhaba and has been a witness to a spurt in his business as a bee line of people throng to meet Yogi.
The man had put up three dustbins and notices at his shop. Flies hovered on leftovers until yesterday but today the place could be seen sparkling clean with Jitender instructing the staff to keep cleaning the adjacent pavement.
The cleanliness drive, Jitender feels can be a success only when commoners start following it religiously. He however, feels that the welcome change has already started and that several shop keepers are taking to it willingly.
Next to his shop is a tea stall owned by Umashankar Yadav. People from far and wide come to his tea shop as he prefers to serve it in earthen pots. Normally, the customers would throw the earthen cups or 'kulladh' on the ground and walk away. But now, Umashankar has been asking people to throw the empty cups in the dustbins that have been put there.
Chief Minister Yogi's endorsement of cleanliness has got an overwhelming response from various government departments.
The Senior Superintendent of police, Lucknow set an example by cleaning the police station. Power minister Shree Kant Sharma too cleaned his office sending out the message loud and clear.