In probably a first, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday spoke about developmental nationalism, deviating from the Bharatiya Janata Party’s ideology which has always toed the line of cultural nationalism. The saffron party has always sought to define the nation by a shared culture with Hindutva as its core ideology.
BJP has invoked cultural memories and icons for political mobilisation in the country while also talking about development but it might be the first time a BJP leader has uttered the term ‘developmental nationalism’.
Further, the UP chief minister spoke at length on the development measures his government has taken and plans to take in an exclusive interview with India Ahead.
Highlighting the achievements of his government, Adityanath said, “When we came to power in 2017, UP had the sixth largest economy in the country. Today, it is the second largest in India. We have focused on infrastructure and taken steps to make the state investor friendly. You will find phone lines everywhere. Power is available across the state.”
“We encourage both big and small investors… We invite all investors. We take full responsibility for the protection of their investments. Samsung has made big investments in UP. Uttar Pradesh is the finest investment destination in India,” the chief minister said.
Talking about investments in the state, Adityanath said, “We have MoUs with companies like Amazon and Flipkart. We invite big and small companies to UP for investments. We have 21 sectoral policies. These are among the finest in the country. We have a single window clearance system for investors.”
The chief minister also assured of safety of investors in the state. “Investment in UP is safe. We guarantee protection to businesses,” he said.
Adityanath further said his government has worked to generate lakhs of jobs for the youth. “Unemployment rate in UP was very high till 2017. Today, it is significantly lower.”
“We are relentlessly working towards strengthening our economy,” he added.