Lucknow, May 2: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that he and most of his Cabinet colleagues are vegetarian and yet are not weaker than anyone. “We are pure vegetarian eating not even onion and garlic, so are we low on vigour,” said Yogi during the inauguration of the two-day working committee meeting of the Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party at Scientific Convention Centre.

“UP government ministers begin their duty from 7 AM and work till 1 AM. How can a person who works for such long hours be weak,” the Chief Minister asked as reported by the Times of India. His comment came in the backdrop of ban on slaughterhouses and a related argument that the resultant scarcity of meat was depriving people of cheap, healthy food.

The Chief Minister also announced that Rs 4,000 crore had been sanctioned by the Centre under Namami Gange project. With this, pilgrims visiting Ardh Kumbh in Allahabad in 2019 would be able to see a cleaner Ganga, he said.

Yogi reminded the party workers that they had more responsibility now as the BJP was in power and it was their moral responsibility to ensure people’s trust in the government remained intact. He asked them to be cautious and not to take law in their hands.

The Chief Minister had on Monday also issued a timetable of meeting MPs and MLAs from the state. Under the schedule, he will meet the MPs between 4 PM and 5 PM every Friday and the legislators every Monday and Friday. The meetings will take place at the Chief Minister’s secretariat Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhavan.

The four-time MP from the Gorakhpur said his government was determined to end “mafia raj”. Elaborating on various policies, the Chief Minister said a new mining, excise and industrial policy would soon be announced. Stressing the mining policy, he said the UP government has decided to link mining with satellite imaging in a bid to ensure transparency.