REACTING TO Yogi Adityanath as the BJP’s selection for the post of Uttar Pradesh chief minister, the Congress on Saturday said there appears to be a “bitter conflict” within the BJP to “share the spoils of power”.
“The excessive delay in arriving at a decision, and also the compulsion to create two deputy CM posts, reflects a bitter conflict to share the spoils of power despite overwhelming majority…,” party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said. He added that the prerogative to choose the chief minister belongs to the ruling party.
Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily described Adityanath’s selection as a “big assault” on secularism. “It is a big assault on secularism in the country. Maybe, the BJP or RSS would like to endorse their cause of Hinduism. India is not Hinduism. Hinduism is not India… India is built above castes and religions and ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (world is one family) is the very foundation of our secular society. It is the biggest assault ever done on secularism,” he said.
SP MP Naresh Agrawal reacted cautiously to Adityanath’s elevation. “I congratulate him on his election. We will wait and watch for six months. We hope he will change his thinking and desist from creating a divide between Hindus and Muslims. If he does, we will go among the people and oppose him,” he said.
CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, in a series of tweets, said: “How the PM has chosen to interpret the UP results is shown in his selection of the new UP CM #Development. Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas. Actions speak louder than words.”