Hope my letter finds you in the pink of health.
I am addressing this letter to your Excellency in my capacity as a common citizen of UP. I have heard a lot about you but have not met you in person. I have heard that you are the youngest politician to become a chief minister of most popular state of India i.e. Uttar Pradesh. Not only this it’s fourth time you are holding this office. Bahenji, recently we saw a stampede in Krapalu baba’s ashram in UP where 37 women and 26 children died. This is certainly shocking and heart wrenching for all of us.
Days after 63 people, all women and children, were killed in a horrific stampede, the blame game has begun on who was responsible.
“There was a police outpost barely 50 meters from the ashram. Yet, when 15,000 people gathered and that too at a scheduled event, there was no attempt to manage the crowd, or bring in reinforcement just a short distance away is the police outpost. All the people who gathered at the ashram had to have passed the outpost. Why didn’t the police realize then?” said Swami Mukundanand, spokesperson for Kripalu Maharaj.
But your administration has blamed the ashram.
Clearly there are no regrets on either side.
All the people who died belonged to lower caste and were very poor and no one can compensate loss of a child or a mother ever. Big politicians like Rahul Gandhi visited the village and the same was expected from you but you just issued a press release saying: “The state does not have the money to compensate the victims’ families. The emergency fund covers natural calamities, and not tragedies like stampedes.”
Are you serious ma’am? This was probably the least you could have done for the victims.
You are the leader of dalit party and works for their upliftment and favour. After spending 2000 crores of rupees for constructing statues of elephants and dalit leaders, including yourself, it’s obvious that state may not have the money to compensate the victims’ families.
I have come to know through a news channel that you are geared up to celebrate 25th anniversary of your party next week with pomp and style. I am sure dalit victims of stampede will not be joining that party.
Ma’m this is not where my concerns ends. I am not in a mood of comparison but please have a look what Nitish Kumar and Mr Modi have done for their states.
Bihar, once almost synonymous to despondency, is rising from the ashes of gloom and murkiness. The nearly infamous GDP growth rate of 11.03% that was termed as miracle more than once is not just where the story begins or ends. The dreadful past that saw this north eastern state decelerating, deteriorating and degrading is hard to picture vis-à-vis the present Bihar.
As a result of Modi’s elaborate efforts, Gujarat registered a GDP growth rate of over 10% during his first tenure.
As a Chief Minister, Modi concretely put to practice his envisaged Gujarat by means of various yojana. This includes Panchamrut Yojana, a five-pronged strategy for an integrated development of the state, Sujalam Sufalam, a scheme to create a grid of water resources in Gujarat in an innovative step towards water conservation and its appropriate utilization.
He has made Gujarat a new industrial destination. But what about UP?
As Mr. Nitish Kumar rightly said, “If Bihar can change, the whole nation can”. But Ms. Mayawati, we are not asking you to change the nation, we are talking about UP alone. Please do us this favour.
Mam, the huge amount of money which is allotted for building status and Ambedkar parks could have been used for promotion of trade and industries. Rs. 1,000 crores will help wipe out poverty of thousands of people and will provide basic amenities and education.
Thus all in all, happy UPites and more followers for you, just like that of Nitish Kumar and Mr Modi.
Mam, False reputations, like statues, are prone to fall at the slightest ill-wind while true respect and admiration built on rock-solid deeds weather the strongest storms.
UPites have shown faith in you and appointed you as a chief minister for many reasons which are still unfulfilled. We too want our state to be like Gujarat with the highest GDP.
Please don’t take it as joke. There are many youngsters, like myself, who want to see an all pervasive growth of the state, but what have you been doing?
I don’t intend to criticize you or your efforts but please act in more balanced way that can lead to all-round development of our state. We have the potential to grow. We have given this country leaders like Jawahar Lal and Lal Bahadur. We too can develop industrial hubs like that of Bangalore and Mumbai. Only overall development of state will add to your popularity.
We sincerely hope that you will give us the lead and your support in our endeavour.
With Kind regards,