Talking on this issue for the first time during an exclusive interview with TOI, the CM said that a few people are interpreting these visits and meetings in a different way and giving a new political spin, which is unfounded. “Also, it was the media’s professional compulsion to sensationalise and exaggerate in order to get catchy headlines and grab eyeballs,” he said.
“These meetings are not new. BJP is a cadre-based party which does not adhere to nepotism. The party keeps its cadre active. For this, senior leaders meet every two months and hold meetings with state units. Our state in charge (BJP national vice-president Radha Mohan Singh) comes to UP twice a month. Party president JP Nadda himself visited Lucknow four months ago,” he said.
“As a ruling party, we are into various services to provide relief to people. This is as per the direction by PM Narendra Modi and party president JP Nadda. Be it the first wave or the second wave, the BJP and the Sangh karyakartas have been giving their services. Other political parties were nowhere in sight,” the CM added.
When asked about the assembly elections next year, he said: “We are ready to face any situation. We won in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, 2017 UP assembly elections and the 2019 elections. We are not only waging a battle against coronavirus but also against ‘rajnaitik sankraman’ (political infections). We will continue to battle it out under the leadership of PM Modi. BJP will win with a two-thirds majority in 2022.”
To a question on Congress’s UP in charge Priyanka Gandhi writing letters to him to draw his attention to various issues, he said: “They are just doing formalities to be in the limelight. Others are just tweeting to be in the media. Where were these people during the first and the second wave? They have never been into serving people. It is not in their genes.”
Yogi also dispelled speculations about his ‘national ambitions’. “I had no ambitions when I was an MP. I have no ambition even today.” He categorically called himself a ‘common soldier’ who is working as per BJP’s vision and PM Modi’s campaign to ensure development, security and prosperity. “There cannot be a bigger reason to be happy after considering achievements of the state government in the last four years,” he said, underscoring how the state managed to register economic growth and develop robust infrastructure despite the pandemic.
“It is for everyone to see. UP is no more a state which witnessed riots every week in the past. There is no room for giving priority to caste, community and language. The state will be the number one state in terms of per capita income,” the CM said.