UP Cabinet holds meet at Kumbh; CM takes dip

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Jan 2019 09:06:50




UTTAR Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and almost all his senior Ministers took a dip at the Sangam here following a unique Cabinet meeting on Tuesday at the venue of the Kumbh Mela itself.  At the meeting, the BJP-led Government approved the construction of a 600-km Ganga Expressway to better connect Allahabad - now renamed Prayagraj - to western Uttar Pradesh.

The State Government said the Expressway, which will cost Rs 36,000 crore, will be the longest in the world. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said apart from “all Cabinet ministers” and some junior ministers, “sadhus” also took the holy dip on the “historic day.” There are 25 Cabinet Ministers, including the Chief Minister, in the UP Ministry which also has Ministers of State.

The Chief Minister and members of his Cabinet also offered prayers at a Hanuman temple here. The Ministers had travelled from the State capital Lucknow, where the Cabinet usually meets at regular intervals. The meeting was held at the “integrated control and command centre” set up at the sprawling Kumbh Mela venue itself. Lakhs of devotees have been visiting the Kumbh Mela, which this time happens to fall just a few months before the Lok Sabha elections.

Apart from nod for the Ganga Expressway project, the Cabinet also gave the necessary approvals for the Bundelkhand Expressway and the Purvanchal Expressway which have already been announced. The Government decided to waive the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike,’ a recently released film based on Indian commando raids in 2016 inside Pakistan-controlled territory. Adityanath said the film is about the valour of the country’s soldiers and instills a feeling of patriotism.