Modi praises Adityanath for rising above Noida superstition

Posted December 25, 2017

"If anybody thinks not going to a place will prolong their CM tenure and vice versa, such a person does not deserve to be the chief minister in the first place", Modi said.

Sisodia's observations came minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 12.38-km stretch of the Magenta Line, between the Kalkaji Mandir and Botanical Garden metro stations, in the presence of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath. "I ignored this and visited all such places", Modi said and pointing that he remained Gujarat CM for almost 20 years.

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Those who entertain such superstitions have no right to be the chief minister, Modi said in Noida. Driven by blind faith and superstition, leaders never went to places for decades.

Noida residents also hailed Adityanath's visit, saying they would prefer such leaders who visit people when in power. Significantly, Adityanath's chief ministerial visits to Noida came eight years after the last by the then CM Mayawati.

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The prime minister boarded the metro at Botanical Garden, which is the terminal station of the Magenta Line, at 1.05 pm, and alighted at the Okhla Birds Sanctuary following a four- minute ride.

Exclusion of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from the inauguration of Delhi Metro's Magenta Line has once again exposed the uncomfortable relationship between Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government.

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A day before the Magenta Line's inauguration, the Prime Minister tweeted, "Great news for friends in the NCR! I will always remain grateful to UP for their affection". However, Delhi Metro said human error was the cause. "Today is Christmas and it is also the birthday of Vajpayeeji, I thank the PM for giving Uttar Pradesh the offering of this new metro line on this occasion".