Prayagraj: Intent on keeping Kumbh Mela in focus, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath held his Cabinet meeting here on Tuesday. (Also read: Allahabad Renamed Prayagraj, Gets Cabinet Approval)

Yogi said, “Kumbh is special this year because of many reasons. We are thankful to Prime Minister Modi for cleaning the Ganges under the Swachh Bharat campaign.”

The Cabinet took a host of decisions which the CM announced later. He said, “The Cabinet has decided to make Ganga-Expressway, to connect Prayagraj with western Uttar Pradesh. This will be the world’s longest expressway, approximately 600 km. It will take 6,556 hectares of land and will cost approximately Rs 36,000 crore.”

“The Ganga-Expressway will take the Meerut-Amroha-Bulandshahr-Budaun-Shahjahanpur-Kannauj-Unnao-Raebareli-Pratapgarh and arrive at Prayagraj,” he added.

Speaking on the Centre’s move of seeking the apex court’s permission for releasing the land around the disputed in Ayodhya to Ramjanmabhoomi Nyas, the Chief Minister said, “I welcome this move by the Centre. The Centre’s application to start work on the non-disputed land is welcome.”

He added, “There is a movie on the surgical strikes ‘Uri’, the Cabinet has decided to exempt it from state GST. This film will instill a feeling of nationalism in the youth and the citizens of the country.”

Meanwhile, ally SBSP boycotted the Cabinet meeting. Party chief OP Rajbhar, also a minister, has been upset with the government over the delay in subdivision of quota within the backward classes. Speaking to ANI, Rajbhar said his party would wait till February 24 and if the BJP still failed to implement quota, his party would leave the alliance.

Earlier, the Cabinet had drawn flak for approving the proposal of renaming the Mughalsarai tehsil as Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, the co-founder and president of Bharatiya Jana Sangh. Many places in the state have witnessed a change in names under Yogi’s government. In August last year, the iconic Mughalsarai Railway station got officially renamed as Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Junction. On October 16 last year, Allahabad was formally rechristened to Prayagraj.