‘No Special Arrangements For Me’, Yogi

Vastavam web: Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, has instructed his officers not to make any special arrangements for him when he tours the state, days after criticism over his recent visits to homes where air-conditioners and a sofa were temporarily installed and taken away. “We are used to sitting on the floor,” the priest-politician has told his administration.

Yogi Adityanath’s order also says, “The Chief Minister deserves respect only if the people of the state feel respected.” Last month, the family of Prem Sagar — a Border Security Force man who was murdered and mutilated in Jammu and Kashmir — said the special arrangements made before the Chief Minister’s visit left them “humiliated”.

The local administration had installed an air-conditioner, rolled out a carpet, placed a sofa and laid out saffron-coloured towels for the special guest. All of it was taken away the moment he left, the family  said.  Daya Shankar, brother of the martyred soldier, who also works with the BSF, said it was an “insult”.