Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and former Indian National Congress (INC) president Rahul Gandhi were involved in an intense tweeting duel earlier today. It started with Gandhi’s tweet mocking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Hindutva icon and chief minister of the largest state.
“Jo nafrat kare…wah Yogi kaisa! (What kind of a Yogi is someone who hates?)” the former INC president tweeted without elaborating on the idea.
Responding to the tweet in the same vein, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath quoted a line from the Ramcharitmanas and said that if demolishing the property of criminals and miscreants is hate, then this ‘hate’ will continue relentlessly.
Earlier, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was peeved at Yogi for the latter’s “abbajaan” remark that charged up the state’s politics ahead of next year’s Assembly election. It was a clear reference to a Muslim-appeasing Mulayam Singh Yadav — Akhilesh’s father and another former chief minister.
“…prior to 2017, those who say abbajaan used to devour the free ration sent for the poor and cornered government jobs meant for the poor by indulging in corruption,” Adityanath said, addressing a public gathering on 12 September.
Appearing for an interview on television, the chief minister did not name any party in particular, though.
Yogi said that leaders like Akhilesh Yadav earlier did not visit temples for the fear of offending their Muslim vote-bank.
Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party has slammed Yogi and the BJP for trying to divert people’s attention ahead of the assembly election.
Samajwadi Party spokesperson Juhie Singh said that the BJP had always diverted the attention of the people from the core issues of the state. The situation during Covid-19, inflation, unemployment and social injustice has never been the party’s priority, she said.