Adityanath dines at a Dalit's home, to spend night at another’s

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath interacts with villagers during Gram Chaupal in Pratapgarh. Picture: PTI

Lucknow, Apr. 24 (Agencies): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath dined at a Dalit's house in Pratapgarh on Monday night in an effort to reach out to Dalits ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

The chief minister took part in a “chaupal” or village meeting in Kandhaipur Madhupur village and gave a patient hearing to problems of locals, saying benefits of various government schemes should reach every eligible individual.

The chief minister interacted with locals to check the ground reality of schemes under the “Gram Swaraj Abhiyan”. 

He later had dinner at Dayaram Saroj's house along with locals.

Chetan Chauhan, a minister in Yogi’s government, said the chief minister will spend the night in a Dalit majority village on April 26 to listen to the problems and concerns of its residents. 

Opposition parties have repeatedly targeted the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, accusing it of ignoring the interests of backward sections, a charge which the party has sought to dismiss.

The chief minister will visit Hasanpur on Thursday to address a rally and will stay for the night in village Mehndipur under Hasanpur sub-division about 25km from here, Chauhan said.

Chauhan, who is the lawmaker from Nogawa, claimed it was for the first time an Uttar Pradesh chief minister would stay in a backward village and interact directly with its residents. 

According to Chauhan, Adityanath's helicopter will land at Hasanpur at around 2pm and he will review the development work of the district.

Adityanath will take a meal at Mehndipur village and will stay for the night in 'Shishu Mandir' there to listen to the grievances of the Dalit community, he added.

Hemant Kumar, the District Magistrate of Amroha, said the administration was fully prepared of the CM's visit.


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