Gorakhpur, Oct 19 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday celebrated Diwali at the Tikonia Vantangiya Dalit colony here in his former parliamentary constituency Gorakhpur, officials said.
Mingling with the people of Vantangiya tribe, Adityanath gifted the children dresses, school bags, sparkling lights (firecrackers) and sweets. He wished them a bright future.
The Chief Minister also gifted certificates to heads of five villages, declaring their villages as revenue villages.
Addressing an event, Adityanath said people from the Scheduled Caste and other backward castes lived in this locality and it was his wish to celebrate Diwali with them.
He rued that these people neither have the right to vote nor are provided basic facilities for a decent living. He assured them of better times ahead.
Greeting the people of Uttar Pradesh, Adityanath said that Diwali not only symbolises Lord Ram's return from exile but also the return of good and just times.