In a move that left many shocked, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath recently allowed thousands of schoolbags with the image of his predecessor Akhilesh Yadav to be distributed among the students in schools.
While many were left shocked by the move, which would directly or indirectly promote his opposition, Yogi’s extraordinary step was driven by financial prudence while keeping political ego aside.
According to news reports, Yogi Adityanath didn’t want to waste any of public money and at the same time wanted the school students to have bags in time for the new session.
He thus decided to allow distribution of around 35,000 schoolbags which had former CM Akhilesh Yadav’s face on it and which were printed before he lost power in the March election.
While these bags are being distributed among the school students, a new batch of bags is being made, so those could be distributed once this batch runs out.
What is more, these new bags will simply say “Mukhya Mantri Yojana” or “Uttar Pradesh Yojana” as Yogi recently decided that no scheme in UP would now be named after any person.
One must note that as many as 1.8 crore schoolbags were sanctioned for students from Class 1 to 8 by the Samajwadi government, but midway through their distribution, UP elections were announced and soon the model code of conduct was implemented. This led the remaining “Akhilesh bags” to be stocked away.