In the political battle of oneupmanship, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP have dragged Hindu god Krishna, thus trivialising the faith. MP Harnath Singh wrote a letter to BJP president JP Nadda, urging him to nominate Yogi Adityanath from the Mathura seat, claiming that SriKrishna had told him in his dream that the Uttar Pradesh chief minister would be successful from that constituency. Yogi Adityanath, however, has maintained that he would contest from wherever the party wants him to. To this, Yadav responded by quipping, “Bhagawan Krishna regularly appears in my dreams” to say that the SP will form the government in Uttar Pradesh after the Assembly polls this year.
“Baba [Yogi Adityanath] has failed. No one can save him.” “Every single night Lord Krishna appears in my dreams and tells me that we shall form the government in Uttar Pradesh,” Yadav said.
Yadav was elected as an MP to the Lok Sabha in 2019 from the Azamgarh constituency.
The BJP and the SP have been engaged in an intense war of words as the assembly polls approach. The two parties have been attacking each other on a host of issues such as law and order, Ram Temple, Piyush Jain case, mafia raj, etc.
Akhilesh Yadav, this time trying to shedd the Samajwadi Party’s pro-Muslim image, is going all out to woo Hindus. While Krishna is seen as a Yadava icon in this casteist part of the country, the SP chief has tried to attract Brahmins too. Brahmins are rumoured to be disillusioned with the BJP for alleged short-changing of the caste in recruitments while their older grouse against the Narendra Modi government’s act of overturning the Supreme Court verdict of introducing a check-and-balance mechanism in the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act remains.
Akhilesh Yadav recently offered prayers to Lord Parshuram — this incarnation of Vishnu is seen as a Brahmin icon in Uttar Pradesh — at a temple “constructed by Samajwadi leaders” in Lucknow, a gesture seen as yet another attempt by the regional satrap to woo Brahmin voters in the state. The risk with this electoral strategy, however, is that Parashuram had eliminated 21 generations of Kshatriyas from the world, observe political beat journalists and, hence, Akhilesh Yadav may invite the ire of Thakurs (the appellation of Kshatriyas in this part of the country) of the state.