Allahabad: Uttar Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today began his two-day tour of the city with a visit to the holy ‘sangam’ where he offered prayers at a renowned temple, inspected ghats constructed along the river Ganges and took part in the ‘Ganga arti’.
The chief minister arrived here from the neighbouring district of Mirzapur to a rousing welcome by hundreds of BJP supporters, led by Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, cabinet ministers Nand Gopal Gupta ‘Nandi’ and Rita Bahuguna Joshi, party MLA Harsh Vardhan Bajpai and city mayor Abhilasha Gupta ‘Nandi’.
Adityanath’s helicopter landed at the Police Lines airport at around 5.30 PM, two hours behind schedule.
The chief minister went straight to the circuit house where he unveiled a statue of the revolutionary freedom fighter Chandrashekhar Azad before leaving for the holy sangam – the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical river Saraswati.
The Chief Minister offered prayers at the ‘Bade Hanuman Mandir’ situated a few hundred metres away from the holy confluence. The temple is famous for its unique Hanuman idol wherein the “monkey god” is in a supine position.
He also visited a ghat on the banks of the Ganges and took stock of cleanliness and other arrangements. He also took part in the ‘Ganga arti’ which was jointly organised by the district administration and a city-based organisation ‘Harihar Ganga Arti Samiti’.
This is Adityanath’s second visit to the city since he became the Chief Minister in March this year.
He was here on a brief visit in April when he attended, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the concluding ceremony of the Allahabad High Court’s year-long sesquicentennial celebrations.
After spending the night at the Circuit House, the Chief Minister is tomorrow scheduled to launch a number schemes in the power sector, take stock of law and order and development in all districts falling under Allahabad division besides interacting with party members.
He is scheduled to return to Lucknow tomorrow evening.