Published: Sun, April 09, 2017
Health Care | By Kelly Miles

Yoga should not be linked with religion: Sanjeev Baliyan

Yoga should not be linked with religion: Sanjeev Baliyan

The erstwhile Congress-led UPA government at the Centre and the Samajwadi Party government in the state had indulged in a war of letters over the use of "Samajwadi" in the ambulance scheme.

The word "Samajwadi" has become a "taboo" in the Yogi Adityanath government with the Chief Minister ordering that the word be removed from all government schemes and be replaced with the word "Mukhyamantri".

Political leaders of the previous government who named schemes after themselves or their parties will soon be a thing of past in Uttar Pradesh.

"The Samajwadi word will be dropped from Uttar Pradesh government schemes".

There is in UP a Samajwadi smart phone scheme, pension scheme, health insurance scheme, youth employment scheme and many more. "The decision of Yogi government is politically motivated", SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said in a statement issued in Lucknow on Friday.

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The Chief Minister alleged the previous governments had not followed the orders of the Supreme Court and the High Court, and shifted liquor shops from highways to populated areas, which resulted in the "outburst" of people's anger.

The Samajwadi Party has objected, saying the word "Samajwadi" or Socialist finds a mention even in the Indian Constitution and must "not be dragged into politics".

The chief minister on Thursday late evening ordered removal of the prefix from the name of the 343km-long ongoing the Samajwadi Poorvanchal Expressway project, while reviewing its work progress.

Directions were given in a meeting chaired by Adityanath earlier this week to the state officials to bring out a Yoga education programme in every school in the state. School bags had the photograph of then chief minister Akhilesh Yadav printed on them.

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