"Faith is important but blind faith is not desirable", PM Modi 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.
PM Modi also lauded Yogi's effort for defying superstition and said there was no room for "blind faith" in governance. "How unfortunate is that", he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is greeted by Minister of State for Culture (I/C) and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Mahesh Sharma with Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Ram Naik, Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath in the background, on his arrival at Botanical Garden, in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
"If anybody thinks not going to a place will prolong their CM tenure and visiting a place will curtail it, such a person does not deserve to be a Chief Minister".
Congress CM Veer Bahadur Singh visited Noida in 1988 and was ousted soon after.
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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)". At the time, he promised that his government will focus on development and work to create more employment opportunities.
Six of the nine new stations-Botanical Garden, Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Jamia Milia Islamia, Ishwar Nagar, Okhla NSIC and Kalkaji Mandir-have been decorated, reflecting themes of nature, Yoga, and cultural landmarks. Earlier, Modi threw open the 12.6-km Kalkaji-Botanical Garden Magenta Line of the metro track that connects south Delhi with Noida. Today we mark the birthdays of two Bharat Ratnas. "I will always remain grateful to UP for their affection".
The Magenta Line, Modi said, is a symbol of connectivity vital for India as the country needs a world-class mass transit public transport.
Talking to DNA, Ambrish Kuhar, a government employee and a resident of Noida Sector 37, said the Magenta Line was an answer to their long pending prayers.
The PM then reached the Amity University ground to address the public.The Metro was ready for public use from 5 pm onwards. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, leader of the Aam Aadmi Party was not invited to the inauguration.