A day after UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath emphasised on cleanliness, his cabinet colleague Upendra Tiwari on Thursday picked up a broom to clean his office in the state legislature, pictures of which were shared on social media.
Armed with a broom and a mop, the minister swept the floor of his office and the corridor leading to it in the Vidhan Bhawan, which houses the state legislature.
Pictures and video of Tiwari, who is the minister of state (Independent charge) for environment, water supply, land development and water resources and forest, sweeping the office and cleaning the corridor went viral on the social media with the staff and officials there looking on.
When some employees tried to persuade ‘mantri ji’ not to do this `menial’ job, but the minister retorted: "Jab aapko saaf karna tha tab to kiya nahi, ab updesh de rahe hain (When you were supposed to clean it (room) you did not, now you are giving sermons,” Tiwari said.
Later, Tiwari told that he reached office at 9.30 am as per directions of the Chief Minister but found the room dirty.
"I waited for five minutes. I thought someone will come and clean it. But when it did not happen, I decided to clean it myself. I am used to cleaning my room and home so thats no big deal,” Tiwari said.
"When the last Samajwadi Party government did not release money for construction of roads, we constructed six roads in my constituency of Fefna (Ballia) by through ‘shram daan’. Then also I worked as labourer. This job is nothing new to me,” he said.
A stickler for cleanliness, Adityanath had administered a cleanliness pledge to officials a day after he took over as the Uttar Pradesh CM and asked them to ensure that the pledge is effectively implemented on the lines of Swachh Bharat Mission of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Adityanath on Wednesday had also banned the use of pan and tobacco products in schools, colleges, hospitals and other government buldings, as he got livid at the sight of betel juice stained walls of the building that houses his office.