Lucknow/Gorakhpur | Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on Wednesday, said that Sanatan Dharm teaches us to treat the problems of the nation as our own and not to run away from them. “And those who run away, lose the trust of the public”, he remarked in a veiled attack on the opposition parties.
Paying his respects to Mahant Avaidyanath during the tribute programme at Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath said, “Revered saints of Gorakshapeeth, Mahant Digvijaynath and Mahant Avaidyanath inspired us to not to escape from the problems of society and nation. ‘Gorakshpeeth’ is not limited to a place of worship, and has also contributed to fields of education, health and service for public welfare.”
On the occasion, the CM said that apart from reflecting the values and ideals of ‘Sanatan Dharma’, Gorakshpeeth has also taken up problems and issues of the nation as its own. “Whether it was the ‘freedom movement’ or contribution towards nation-building after attaining independence, Gorakshapeeth made continuous efforts under Mahant Digvijaynath and Mahant Avaidyanathji,” he said.
The Chief Minister said that the strength of India’s democracy and judiciary was established globally with the beginning of the construction of a grand temple of Lord Shri Ram in Ayodhya. “Today, be it International Yoga Day or the grand Kumbh, India’s rich heritage is gaining recognition all over the world under the leadership of PM Modi,” said Yogi.
In his address, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also mentioned how eastern Uttar Pradesh was earlier plagued with deaths due to encephalitis. “From 1977 to 2017, 1200 to 1500 children died every year. About 50,000 deaths took place in 40 years. Since 2017, the government, through increasing public awareness about cleanliness, has brought down the deaths due to encephalitis to nearly zero,” he said.
Calling upon the people of Uttar Pradesh to work in accordance with the ‘Panch Pran’ — the five commitments for the next 25 years given by PM Modi on completion of 75 years of independence, the UP CM emphasised the need for developing the small villages and far-flung areas to turn the country into a ‘Super Power’. “We must not accept even an inch of slavery and work for a ‘self-reliant’ India.”