Vexed by comparison with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat said both the states are different and face distinct problems.

The aggressive approach of Adityanath has put the Uttarakhand CM under pressure to perform. While the UP chief Minister is active on social media, Rawat is learning the tricks of the trade now.

When Rawat failed to take any action on a tweet by a girl, who was injured in an accident and police failed to register her complain, the issue created big media hype in Dehradun. Learning from the slow action on tweets made to the Uttarakhand CM, the Uttarakhand government has launched the online complain portal (samadhan.uk.gov.in)

Rawat said, “We don’t want to adopt Uttar Pradesh development model in Uttarakhand. Both the states are geographically different and their problem are also different.”

As both Rawat and Yogi hail from same district, Pauri in Uttarakhand, the comparison comes automatically. Both started their innings as Chief Minister at the same time. The new Uttarakhand CM was forced to make the comment after constantly facing media query on UP-Uttarakhand comparison and also by watching the Yogi obsession of highlanders on social media. The aggressive approach of Adityanath has taken the Uttarakhand people, active on social media, by storm.

The Uttarakhand CM made this comment during his Thursday visit to Haridwar. The opinion of the public is certainly creating some pressure on Chief Minister Rawat. The comparison is certainly forcing Rawat to act like Yogi in many cases. Like the new Chief Minister has made an appeal on his twitter account, “We are revamping our systems to make them accountable to public; however existing tools need to be utilized as well.”

Yogi versus Rawat – The debate is unlikely to end in Uttarakhand. In fact the only solution before Rawat to end this comparison is come out of his defensive approach and adopt an attacking style like Yogi.