Ballia to get medical school and freedom fighters memorial: CM

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Friday that the state government would soon build a medical college in Ballia and a large memorial for freedom fighters in the district jail and move the prison facility to the outskirts of the town.

Addressing a public gathering at a reception at Ballia Police Lines on the occasion of ‘Balidan Diwas’, the CM said he had been asking for land for five years to set up a medical school in Ballia, but that he didn’t get it. “The work of the Faculty of Medicine should have been completed three years ago. The chief secretary studied here. The district will soon have a medical school,” he said.

Invoking Mangal Pandey, Chittu Pandey and other freedom fighters, Adityanath said Ballia is a land of revolutionaries and sages. Remembering former Prime Minister Chandrashekhar, he said that his contribution to Jayaprakash Narayan’s fight to save Indian democracy was unforgettable.

Referring to the “panch pran” (five wishes) made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Independence Day, the CM urged people to follow the five pledges to make India the global superpower. “If we all do our jobs with honesty, no one can stop us from making this country a global superpower,”
he said.

“With the upcoming Ballia Link highway, people will reach Lucknow in around 2 hours. A bus station equipped with airport-like facilities will also be built here,” he said.

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The CM also asked teachers and retired teachers from university colleges to compile accounts of the revolution in the villages and towns of Ballia and assured that the government would publish them in the form of a book.

Earlier, the CM reached the district jail and paid tribute to freedom fighter Rajkumar Bagh.

Thelma J. Longworth