"If anybody thinks not going to a place will prolong their Chief Minister tenure and visiting a place will curtail it, such a person does not deserve to be a Chief Minister", he said, referring to the Noida jinx. But on Saturday, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath ended the so-called "Noida jinx" when he arrived there ahead of the inauguration of the Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden segment of Delhi Metro's Magenta Line. "I was clear I would go to all those places in my first year itself", he said. Due to his dress (saffron attire), few people find it fashionable to believe that CM Yogi Adityanath is not "modern enough" but it is Yogi Adityanath Ji who has done what former CMs of UP never did, he came to Noida. The New Magenta Line metro will cover the distance of Kalkaji to Noida's Botanical Garden in just 19 minutes, thus facilitating easy access for commuters from South Delhi to Noida, and vice versa.
Congress CM Veer Bahadur Singh visited Noida in 1988 and was ousted soon after. Modi praised monk-politician Adityanath for blending tradition with modernity in his own style, and focusing on good governance to take the state "to new heights".
Echoing the sentiment, Himanshu Kukreja, who lives in East of Kailash and works with an MNC in Noida, said: "I am very relieved that the travel time to my office and home will be lesser with this new train. Faith is important, but blind faith is unfortunate". To review the security arrangements, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the millennium city Noida on Friday.
India says Pakistani fire kills 3 Indian soldiers in Kashmir
In a strongly worded press statement, the Indian Army warned Pakistan saying martyrdom of Indian soldiers will not go in vain. Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh paid homage to martyrs and condemned Pakistan for ceasefire violations.
Modi said "Governance can not happen when the dominant thought process begins with "mera kya" (what's in it for me) and ends at "mujhe kya" (what do I get)". This is the third metro line to be inaugurated by PM Modi in 2017.
Apart from this, the Magenta Line launch has remained in headlines for the wrong reasons as, during a trail of the driverless train on the Magenta Line, the train was crashed.
The 12.64-km section, part of the upcoming Botanical Garden (Noida)-Janakpuri West (Delhi) corridor, has nine stations and is set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was not invited to the function.