In an interview to Hindustan Times, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has revealed how the Korean multi-national conglomerate, Samsung was about to wind up in Uttar Pradesh when the BJP stormed to power in the state. Therefore, the Yogi government inherited a crisis in legacy when it came to power in the state of Uttar Pradesh. However, in what can only be described as the display of top notch leadership, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister stepped in and stopped the South Korean company from leaving in the state.
As per the UP Chief Minister, he got to know about Samsung’s plans to wind up in the state merely within 15 days of the BJP government coming to power in the state, through a small newspaper clipping. This is when, he questioned bureaucrats about why Samsung was exiting Uttar Pradesh. The Uttar Pradesh CM said that when he came to know from bureaucrats that the Samsung had a Rs. 3,000 crore proposal to set up a unit in Noida, but it chose to exit and shift to some other state owning to better incentives and facilities in other states, he got angry. He said that it was a big event for him if someone who wanted to invest in Uttar Pradesh during the previous regime was then leaving the state and nothing was being done about it.
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister has further disclosed in his interview that how the bureaucrats were taken aback when he said that he wanted to meet Samsung representatives. According to him, he came to know from Samsung representatives that they were leaving Uttar Pradesh not because the BJP came to power but because of the harassment faced at the hands of the previous regime. Later, the Samsung Chairman met him after which CM Yogi Adityanath directed his team that all difficulties faced by the South Korean multi-national company should be resolved within 15 days.
It must be noted that the Samsung project, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath is talking about, was inaugurated last year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who was on a visit to India at that time had inaugurated the 35-acre Samsung Electronics facility today last year. And with this inauguration, Noida successfully got the tag of housing the world’s largest mobile factory. At the time of announcing its plans to set up the facility, Samsung had said that it would position the Noida plant as a major production hub and create about 5,000 new jobs. “The investment reaffirms Samsungs commitment to Make- in-India and Make-for-India and to the state of Uttar Pradesh,” Samsung India had said in a statement.
It is clear that the manner in which the Uttar Pradesh CM stepped in at a time of crisis and successfully managed to convince Samsung into staying in Uttar Pradesh instead of exploring other options showcases the excellent leadership qualities of CM Yogi Adityanath and his ability to provide a business friendly climate in the state. This is a major upside-down flip in the fortune of the state which has been infamous from the business investment perspective owing to the reigning extortion and politically backed mafia raj that heaved across the state. The strict policy of maintaining law and order put in place by CM Yogi Adityanath in the state and a heavy crackdown on anti-social elements has made UP a much more friendly state for businesses to thrive in.