BJP Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said that “jihad in the name of love is unacceptable” and that only a BJP-led state government can “stop forceful conversion of Hindu girls”.
The saffron party’s firebrand leader also categorised “love jihad” as “a national and social problem”.
In his follow-up to Monday’s campaign, when he had said SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was “better off born in Pakistan”, Yogi rued before the gathering in Hamirpur how the demolition of a disputed structure on the land of Ram (Ayodhya) became “a global issue” when a “proposal” in Saudi Arabia to remove the tomb of Prophet Mohammad “hardly raised any eyebrows”.
Shifting his focus on Narendra Modi government’s announcement of relief to flood victims in Jammu, Yogi said, “Modi government will extend help to flood-affected areas of ghulam Kashmir, too, as it’s a part of India and India will get it finally.”
The central government’s assurance to Pakistan that India is willing to help the country deal with the flood situation found its way into Yogi’s speech as a measure of how “Hindu dharma believes in jiyo or jeene do” rule.
He then recalled an incident from last year when the UP Police had stopped him from going to Jhansi to take part in a “jalabhishek” programme because the Shiv temple where the programme was scheduled is located in a Muslim-dominated area. “That temple will be freed in coming days and I will go for jalabhishek then,” he said.
Mulayam, after being compared to Mahabharat’s Dhritrashstra on Monday, was denounced by Yogi on Tuesday as “not a true follower of Ram Manohar Lohia”.
“He (Mulayam) has turned the Samajwadi Party into a ‘Pariwarwadi’ party. He is the party’s national president, his one brother (Ram Gopal) is national general secretary while another (Shivpal) is a (PWD) minister. His son is Chief Minister and party’s state president, daughter-in-law and nephews are Lok Sabha members and now another member of his family (grandnephew Tej Pratap) is contesting election from Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat,” Yogi said, and added that no other person out of Mulayam’s family can get a key post in the party.
Yogi’s next address was before a gathering in Charkhari assembly constituency where he was welcomed with conch shells.
Bringing up Moradabad’s Kanth issue, Yogi said, “The violence was the result of the removal of a temple loudspeaker, an act carried out on the objection raised by a few Muslims. But no one objects when loudspeakers are used at mosques.” He added that UP lacks development, proper power supply and basic infrastructure and crime rate in the state is high.
Addressing the meeting there in favour of party candidate Geeta Singh, party state president Laxmikant Bajpai urged voters to vote for the BJP to save the society from evils of crime, eve-teasing and rape. Bajpai asked the workers to fight and not let the ruling party misuse power at polling booths in by-elections.