In the run-up to the Kerala Assembly election, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has raised the issue of ‘love jihad’ in the state where the term was coined by Christians in the period 2005-10.
Flagging off Bharatiya Janata Party’s Vijaya Yatra from Kasaragod on 22 February, Yogi hit out at the state government saying it was doing nothing to curb love jihad. He said that Kerala High Court had called love jihad a part of a conspiracy to make Kerala an Islamic state, and despite that, there were no visible efforts to deal with the issue.
“In 2009, a Kerala court said that love jihad was part of a conspiracy to make Kerala an Islamic state. Despite this, the government is sleeping and doesn’t care about the conspiracy against Kerala and the country,” Yogi said addressing a party event.
BJP’s Kerala president K Surendran was present at the event.
Yogi said that the Uttar Pradesh government has made a strict law against ‘love jihad’.
The Uttar Pradesh chief minister blamed the Communist Party of India (Marxist) as well as the Indian National Congress (INC) for indulging in corruption and creating chaos in the state for political gains.
Yogi took a swing at the Sabarimala temple issue and stated that the Left government was working against the interests of the famed Sabarimala temple and it was promoting those who are against culture and tradition.
Addressing the ongoing youth protests against the backdoor appointments done by the ruling government, Yogi emphasised the fact that, in Uttar Pradesh, he was able to give jobs to four lakh youth in just four years.
Several party leaders are scheduled to visit the state to take part in the Vijaya Yatra rally in various districts. Union Minister Gen VK Singh, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister Smriti Irani among others will campaign in the state.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be present at the concluding session of the rally in Thiruvananthapuram on 7 March.