Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has pointed out what he termed a flaw in how Rahul Gandhi offered prayers in Gujarat’s Somnath Temple in November 2017, a month before the Assembly Polls in PM Modi’s home state.
On Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during a rally in Ahmedabad said, “It’s the people of Gujarat who exposed Rahul Gandhi. He went to Somnath temple and sat there as if offering namaz. Temple priest had to scold him that this is a temple, sit cross-legged.”
“Nakal mein bhi akal chahiye (one also needs brains to imitate),” said CM Adityanath, adding that the “new generation leaders” of the Congress visit temples only during the time of elections.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is leading the Congress’ Lok Sabha Election formation in Eastern UP, will visit Ayodhya on Friday. Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case is a major issue before an election for BJP and RSS ( Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh).
The UP Chief Minister claims, “They don’t have time to visit holy sites if elections are not around.”
In November 2017, a controversy broke out after it purportedly issued that Mr. Gandhi name was signed in the visitor’s register at Somnath Temple in the “non-Hindu” section. Congress reported that the name “Rahul Gandhi” was added by BJP in the register meant for ‘non-Hindu’, who requires special permission before visiting temples in Gujarat.
CM Adityanath took another jibe at Congress leaders for arriving at Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj after found a huge number of devotees. “Four crore devotees had come to Kumbh Mela (which ended earlier this month). When Congress got to know that there was such a large turnout, their new generation dropped in too. They used to say Ganga is not clean, but when they saw people consuming its water, they did the same,” he added.
Yogi Adityanath has rejected the Congress’ election promise of minimum income guarantee worth Rs. 72000 a year as “poll gimmick”.
2019 Lok Sabha Elections will start from April 11 and conclude on May 19 in seven rounds. The final results will be declared on May 23.