Virendra Singh Rawat / Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday invoked Lord Ram to hit out at the Congress in Rae Bareli, the pocket borough of party president Sonia Gandhi.
Gandhi represents Rae Bareli parliamentary constituency in Lok Sabha.
Addressing a public meeting in the Central UP district, Adityanath said while the people of the pious land of Rae Bareli voted for the Congress leaders, the party had denied the existence of Lord Ram and Krishna.
He was obliquely referring to the affidavit filed in the Supreme Court in 2007, during the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime at the Centre, that the texts of Ramayan and Ramcharitmanas could not be regarded as historical records to “incontrovertibly prove the existence of the characters and occurrences of events depicted therein.”
The affidavit was filed in the apex court over the mythological Ram Setu built by the army led by Lord Ram to attack demon king Ravan, according to the texts.
“You ought not serve the interests of those people who treat Ram and Krishna as imaginary characters. In fact, Rae Bareli has started to give a befitting reply to them,” the CM said while indicating the string of poll reverses for Congress and the exodus of party leaders to the ruling BJP.
He called upon the people of Rae Bareli to vote for the BJP in the coming 2022 UP assembly elections and give the Congress a virtual whitewash.
Recalling the construction of Lord Ram temple in Ayodhya and redevelopment of Kashi Vishwanath Dham in Varanasi, Yogi sought to know if these were conceivable during in the regimes of Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP) or Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
“Corruption is a part of the genes of Congress, SP and BSP. They cannot work without indulging in corruption and squandering of public money,” he alleged.
Meanwhile, the CM observed UP was poised to become the numero uno state and that the state was witnessing large inward investments and creation of jobs.
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“Earlier, farmers were forced to commit suicide and they were baulked down by loans. However, after coming to power, we had waived crop loans of 8.6 million farmers totalling Rs 36,000 crore,” he added.