By Our Staff Reporter
Yamkeshwar, 3 May: Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami participated in a programme organised at Mahayogi Guru Gorakhnath Government College, Bidhyani, Yamkeshwar, today. UP CM Adityanath is on a 3 day tour of Uttarakhand beginning today.
On this occasion, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also unveiled the statue of ‘Rashtrasant’ Mahant Avaidyanath Maharaj at the college. It may be recalled that the late Mahant Avaidhyanath was the head of one of the most prestigious Hindu Maths, Gorakshnath, and was the spiritual Guru and mentor of Yogi Adityanath, as well his predecessor, as head of the Gorakshnath Math.
Yogi Adityanath thanked the Uttarakhand Government for the function and unveiling of the statue of his Guru and reminded that the college had been established here due to the inspiration of none other than Mahant Avaidyanath. He said that Mahant Avaidyanath was born in village Kandi but could not stay there for long.
Yogi Adityanath recalled, “He, however, worked hard to improve the education system here and when I informed him that there was no degree college here, under his guidance, the residents constituted a committee and donated land, making it possible to establish the college here.”
Adityanath added that it was moment of personal pride for him that he was able to pay respect to his revered Guru at his birthplace today. At the same time, he added that it was also a matter of pride for him that he was able to pay respect to his school teachers.
He added that, ironically, migration from the hills remains a major problem in Uttarakhand, even though there are, now, better education facilities, excellent environment and more possibilities in the hills. However, wherever the youth of Uttarakhand went, their talent was recognised and appreciated.
The UP CM emphasised that the country is moving forward with fresh enthusiasm after 2014. Even though many people lost their loved ones during the Corona period, it was also true that India’s Covid management had been appreciated all over the world. He reminded that, in the past, more deaths occurred due to starvation than disease during the epidemics and pandemics but this time none died because of hunger. Under Prime Minister Modi, the country had been transformed and the Modi Government is working with great sensitivity. He said that, if the country is to be saved, then the migration from Uttarakhand has to be curbed, because the state is on the northern border of the country. Tree plantation, water conservation and conservation of other natural resources would have to be promoted. Spiritual tourism would have to be linked with eco-tourism in Uttarakhand. Yogi said that the coming decade would belong to Uttarakhand, but for this migration would have to be dealt with effectively. He also reminded that, recently, social disturbances were noticed in some of the states but Uttar Pradesh remained free of the problem. There was no restriction on personal faith in Uttar Pradesh but it ought not to cause inconvenience to anyone else. He said that people are paramount in a democracy, but public sentiments would not allowed to be played with in the name of faith. He further stressed that the UP Government had got about one lakh unnecessary loudspeakers removed across the state and yet there was no dispute anywhere in this regard.
Yogi reminded that the solution to the problem of final division of assets and liabilities between Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, which had been stuck for 21 years, is at a final stage of resolution.
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami declared that Yogi Adityanath is a charismatic personality. Yogi had come to his birthplace after a long time. Mahant Avaidyanath’s contribution was to strengthen Hinduism, brotherhood and bring those left behind into the mainstream. He had also made a significant contribution to the Ram Janmabhoomi movement. Earlier, Ram was residing in a tent in Ayodhya but, now, after the formation of the government of Prime Minister Modi, the way had been paved for the construction of a grand Ram Janmabhoomi temple there. He said that Ayodhya is going to become the spiritual and cultural capital of not only India but the world under the leadership of Modi and Yogi. Kashi Vishwanath Marg had become wider and grand under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, due to which people did not face any problem in offering water at the temple. He also reminded that Modi had stated the coming decade would belong to Uttarakhand. Dhami added that all records of the past ten years on the number of tourists coming to Chardham Yatra would hopefully be broken this year. As per the information made available, all bookings for hotels, transport and travel, as well as Chopper flights on the Chardham Yatra routes, were full already for the next two months. The Chief Minister said that Yogi was born in Uttarakhand but he had now become the heritage of the entire country. He also said that the issue pending for last 21 years related to the distribution of assets of Uttarakhand-UP was resolved in his meeting with Yogi that lasted 20 minutes. Dhami also announced that science classes would be introduced at the Mahayogi Gorakhnath Vidyalaya, and all the infrastructure requirements would also be met.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh honoured his mentors Rajendra Singh Rawat, Rajendra Singh Bhandari, Mahimanand Badthwal, Satya Prasad Badthwal. Cabinet Minister Satpal Maharaj, Dr Dhan Singh Rawat, MP and former Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat, former Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, MLA Renu Bisht and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.
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