Yogi Adityanath, the newly appointed chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, on Tuesday afternoon intervened during a discussion on Finance Bill in the Lok Sabha, which in itself was an unusual event. But then, Adityanath used it as an opportunity for an image makeover.

The five time MP’s elevation as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh is sure to change the course of politics in the state. He and his party chose to have his farewell from the parliament in the most unconventional way by providing him the most legitimate forum to give his acceptance speech as chief minister and farewell speech as an MP, rolled into one. His style that always ensures high visibility and high attention for him from all sides would be discussed and debated for long by the students and practitioners of politics.

He smartly let everyone know that the model that he was going to follow for governance as chief minister was his own, Gorkahpur model . He was not going to search for any other place for a better model.

Yogi Adityanath during today’s parliament speech. (Photo: Youtube)

To outline his Gorakhpur model, he narrated his experience as a first time MP, when he first entered the House in 1998 at the age of 26. By his own statement he was very thin then and had gone to meet the then chemical and fertiliser minister in Vajpayee government Surjeet Singh Barnala to discuss the fate of a closed fertiliser factory in Gorakhpur. During the brief interaction Barnala asked him three times “Are you from Gorakhpur?” He then went on to tell Adityanath that he had gone to Gorakhpur to hold a public meeting but had to run away from the place after two warring sides hurled bombs at each other.

Yogi then said that he returned to his constituency and held a meeting with several groups to narrate the aforementioned story and discussed at length over what could be done to clear the image of his constituency and ensure better living conditions for the people there. He then patted his own back and credited himself for creating a situation where according to him people now lived without fear, where rangdari tax are no longer sought, where there is no fear of abduction, where communal amity was the rule, and his list of such items went on and on. “In past five years there have been 403 incldents of communal flare up in UP but not a single incident took place in Gorakhpur,” Adityanath said.

Check put the Video of Yogi Adityanath of today’s speech in Parliament:

The thrust of his argument was that irrespective of which government was in power in Lucknow, Gorakhpur was an island of its own where he ruled the roost with his own set of followers. Now Gorakhpur is going to have AIIMS. He then went on to narrate how he would build UP as sapno ka pradesh (dream state)” as visualised by Modi.

“Now that a new government has taken over and I have been given the responsibility of steering the state you will see same things happening all over UP”, Yogi said.

But his most interesting statement was when he told the leaders on Opposition benches aap dekhte rahiye bahut kuch band hone ja raha hai (you just keep on watching so many things are going to be shut down in the state).”

His sharpest political punch was reserved for Rahul Gandhi and his new found political ally Akhilesh Yadav. Apparently referring to Sheila Dikshit’s remarks on Rahul Gandhi stating that he is still to mature (at 47 years) , Yogi said “I am one year younger to Rahul Gandhi and one year older to Akhilesh Yadav. Still they are called youth leaders. The reason for their failure could be that I came in between the two of them.” Mallikarjun Kharge from Congress had a difficult time responding to him.

Yogi’s other punch on Congress, SP and BSP was on Encephalitis. He said that he had been consistently raising this issue in parliament but unfortunately those who keep on talking of Dalit and Muslim communities did not bother to do anything to fight the disease. He also added that unfortunately most of the children who were struck by the disease belonged to Dalit and minority communities.

With the speech laden with meanings and promise for a better Uttar Pradesh, Adityanath has set a new agenda for himself and his opportunity for an image makeover lay there. Whether or not, the Gorakhdham Temple’s head priest use it, remains to be seen.

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