LUCKNOW: Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah in Delhi today to discuss the allotment of ministries. In a series of meetings on Monday, the new Chief Minister set targets for officials and also ordered a plan for better policing in Uttar Pradesh. The priest-politician has jump-started work on the major election promises of his BJP, including farm loan waiver and a ban on slaughterhouses. In his first meeting with top officials of the state, Yogi Adityanath distributed copies of the BJP manifesto and also administered a cleanliness pledge.
The Chief Minister will "work out schemes and appointments in consultation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office", sources say.
The Principal Secretary to PM Modi will coordinate between the centre and Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP has scored its biggest win yet.
A ban on slaughterhouses is high on Yogi Adityanath's agenda. Two slaughterhouses were shut down on Sunday, the day Adityanath was sworn in.
The slaughterhouses were illegal, says the BJP, which has asserted that action will be taken only against unlicensed establishments - not all. "There is no confusion, what is illegal, whether it is slaughterhouses or any other activity, law and order machinery will work in the state," said Siddharth Nath Singh, a UP minister and the government's spokesperson.
Demonstrating his focus on a clean government, Chief Minister Adityanath directed officials to declare their assets within 15 days, be transparent in recruitments and not work under political pressure.
The 44-year-old also administered a pledge of cleanliness to the officials at the hour-long meeting held inside the auditorium of a government building in Lucknow.
The appointment of advisors and political heads of departments by the previous Samajwadi Party government have been cancelled.
The Chief Minister also met state police chief Javeed Ahmed yesterday and expressed concern over the killing of a BSP leader in Allahabad.
The police chief has been asked to submit a blueprint for better policing in Uttar Pradesh within 15 days.
Yogi Adityanath had earlier asked all ministers to submit details of their wealth within 15 days.