For BJP leader and sitting MP from Gorakhpur Yogi Adityanath, Hindutva and development complement each other and he eyes fifth straight term harping on this ideology of political Hinduism terming it “symbol of our nationalism”.
“My agenda is Hindutva and development and they complement each other. Hindutva is guarantee of development and security. BJP’s slogan also says ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ (participation and development for all),” said the 42-year-old leader.
Last time, he defeated his BSP rival Vinay Shankar Tiwari by a margin of over 2 lakh votes in the seat which has over 17 lakh electors.
“Politicians in the country are facing the problem of credibility as they don’t communicate with their voters. In Gorakhpur, I have a direct connect with people. I have not deviated from my original agenda and am still working on the ideology and issues. I don’t believe in difference between ‘kathni’ (words) and ‘karni’ (deeds),” said Adityanath in an interview.
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On the role of Muslim voters in the elections, Adityanath said he is not seeking votes on communal lines.
“I am not asking for votes in the name of Hindu or Muslim. Only those who have faith in Indian nationalism should vote for me. I have visited several Muslim-dominated constituencies like Domariaganj and got good response,” he said.
“We will provide security and development to all but we expect that no community should consider itself above law and the Constitution,” he added.
Adityanath also rejected the allegations of promoting communal politics and blamed Congress for labelling Hindu leaders communal.
On the issue of performance of other parties in Uttar Pradesh, he claimed that the ruling Samajwadi Party will be wiped out in this election.
“BJP is benefited by the Modi wave and as far as Uttar Pradesh is concerned, people are agitated against the parties who have fooled them on the issue of so-called secularism,” said Adityanath.
“SP is going to fare poorly this time… They will hardly win 6 or 7 seats. Mulayam Singh Yadav’s dream of becoming prime minister will not be fulfilled as third front will not come into existence. BJP will get two-thirds majority on its own,” claimed Adityanath.
“Amethi will also spring a surprise this time. Rahul Gandhi would not have won Amethi all these years had we not made mistakes, but this time Smriti Irani is a strong candidate and the result will be surprising,” he claimed.
Gorakhpur has been a BJP bastion since 1989 and the last time Congress won this seat was in 1984 when Sheila Kaul was elected from here.