Lucknow: The ongoing election campaign in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh witnessed another low when Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, called the Samajwadi Party “worshippers of Jinnah” and supporters of Pakistan. He passed on this remark in a tweet.
Targeting his main rival, Akhilesh Yadav, ahead of the Uttar Pradesh election, the UP chief minister tweeted in Hindi, “They are worshippers of Jinnah, we are worshippers of Sardar Patel. Pakistan is dear to them; we sacrifice our life for Maa Bharati (Mother India).”
Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah had been dragged into the election narrative by the ruling BJP from the word go. But such a canard has not been spread against any one before. Allegation of support to Pakistan, generally perceived as an enemy nation, is tantamount to accusing an entire party and its chief ministerial candidate of “treason”.
Yogi Adityanath, who is seeking a second straight term in the election, has made such absurd comments in the run-up to an election simply because he could as these are deeply polarising and thus could help majorly in reaping a rich electoral harvest and thereby ensure his victory in the elections.
Earlier, he made his “80 versus 20” comment hinting at the ratio of Hindu voters to Muslims in the state. He said that 80 per cent of voters were with the BJP. Only last week, Adityanath told a gathering: “Earlier Haj Houses used to be constructed in Ghaziabad, our government has constructed the Kailash Manasarovar Bhawan.”