All eyes are on Uttar Pradesh's newly-elected Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath - a name that brings fear to some section of the people in India's largest state. And, that's not a good sign, by any measure, for someone who aims big in politics.
Yogi Adityanath has many challenges ahead of him. Among all, he needs to shed his Hindu-hardliner image from people's mind who fear of getting marginalized further. And, it seems Yogi Adityanath knows it.
Hours after taking over as Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath on Sunday assured that he truly believed in 'Sabka Sath, sabka vikas' and would work for all sections of the society without any discrimination. And, given his first few orders in office, it seems, he has set the ball rolling.
Crackdown on slaughter houses: UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed police officials to prepare an action plan for closure of all slaughter houses in the state. He also ordered a blanket ban on smuggling of cows.
Yogi Adityanath's decision is in line with the BJP's vision document 'Sankalp Patra' released ahead of the Assembly elections. In its document, the Party had promised a complete shutdown of illegal slaughter houses in UP. It is India's largest meat processing state.
Soon after taking over as Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath had asked the officials to ensure all points in the vision document were implemented with full seriousness and sensitivity.
Transparency: In his fist cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked all his ministers to provide the details of their income, moveable and immovable assets within 15 days to his secretary and the BJP. Yogi Adityanath has not spared the bureaucrats either. The Chief Minister has directed all officers to provide full details of their assets as per the prescribed format within 15 days. Yogi Adityanath also requested cabinet ministers to refrain from making statements that may hurt people's sentiments.
No room for favoritism: Sending a stern message against favoritism, Yogi Adityanath on Monday sacked all non-government advisors, chairmen, deputy chairmen and members who were appointed by former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. These posts were believed to be created for people who were close to previous dispensation. Largely, politicians and close bureaucrats.
Law and order: Day after he took over as Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath made it clear that he would not compromise on state's law and order situation. He also directed the Director General of Police to ensure that law and order situation in the state improved within a week. The Chief Minister directed officers to crack down on criminals and to ensure that administrative units like police stations and tehsils were free from political pressures. He also said that needs of 90 per cent people were fulfilled through police stations and tehsils and hence these places should be monitored specially.
Citizen charter for timely justice: Giving importance to justice in stipulated time, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed that the additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and Secretaries to work without any bias and prepare a citizen's charter for each department so that common people can get government services within fixed time lines.
Job creation: Underlining the importance of economic activities to create jobs in the state, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has pushed for prompt and effective decisions that need to be taken through a single window system. "With this, effective implementation of the Central government run start up and skill development schemes should also be ensured," Yogi said during his introductory meet with officials.