Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath accused the Congress for turning Uttar Pradesh into a BIMARU state and parties such as BSP and SP of spreading anarchy while stating that there has been no riot since the BJP came to power.

Addressing the media on the completion of two years of his government, Adityanath said, “The Congress, which ruled Uttar Pradesh for the longest time since independence, brought the state under the BIMARU category, forcing youths to migrate in search of employment.”

BIMARU as an acronym for Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, which were once considered the most economically backward states.

Recalling the period of the BSP and SP governments, Adityanath said that the state “witnessed a new level of anarchy and violence” after 1990.

“There were rapes, murder, looting and corruption (earlier). This gave an identity crisis to youths and forced farmers to commit suicide,” he said.

Adityanath said that the state had not seen a single riot after the BJP came to power and that his government had shown zero tolerance towards crime and criminals.

“The state witnessed hundreds of communal riots during the last regime of Samajwadi Party. But in the last two years, there has been no communal incident,” he said.

“In 2012, there were 227 major communal riots. In 2013, there were 247 such riots. In 2014, there were 242 riots. And 219 riots in 2015 and more than 100 in 2016 – in which properties worth crores were lost,” he said.

Presenting a report card of his government, the UP CM said the BJP-led state government had been able to change the perception about the state.

The Chief Minister claimed there was no political interference in police work since he took office on this day in 2017 and said the law and order in the state was under control.

It is noteworthy, however, that in December 2018 a mob of around 400 people attacked a police station over alleged cow slaughter. A policeman, the SHO of Syana police station, was killed in the violence.

The Chief Minister said that “members of the majority community” who were forced to leave their homes in Kairana and Kandhla in Uttar Pradesh due to fear of anti-social elements were returning to their homes.

Showering praises on the Modi government, Adityanath said that UP got investment of Rs 1.5 lakh crore, which created job opportunities for over 15 lakh youths.

(With inputs from agencies.)