Targeting Rahul Gandhi over his temple visits in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat while on campaign trail, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Monday said the Congress chief did not know how to sit in a temple. “Gujarat mein Rahul Gandhi ne bahot mandiro ke darshan kare lekin jab mandir mein darshan k waqt vo ghutno pe baithe, to pujari ko bolna padha, ki ye mandir hai masjid nahi hai. (Rahul Gandhi visited many temples in Gujarat, but in a temple when he sat on his knees, the priest had to tell him that this is a temple not a Mosque),” Adityanath was quoted as saying by ANI. Follow LIVE UPDATES HERE
With just days to go for assembly elections, the BJP has mounted an intensive campaign across Madhya Pradesh with stalwarts, including Adityanath, addressing several rallies across the state.
Adityanath’s statement comes just a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a rally accused the Congress of confusing voters by worshipping the cow in Madhya Pradesh but allowing its leaders to slaughter calf and eat beef in Kerala. “You bring cow in your manifesto in MP. I don’t criticise you for doing it. I don’t think it’s wrong. It’s their right but the question is are the Congress units in MP and Kerala different? Don’t both come under the same naamdar who sits in Delhi? The Congress is controlled by the same family,’ he said at a rally in Chhindwara
Both the BJP and the Congress has been trying to woo voters by adding religious fervour in the campaign. The Congress announced that it would turn the state into a hub of religious tourism, develop a purported route taken by Lord Rama on his way to 14 years’ exile and create facilities along the route of Narmada Parikrama.
BJP president Amit Shah who is also campaigning in the state addressed a rally in Narsignpur and said, “One family of Congress party ruled for four generation and yet could not provide toilets, electricity or gas connections for the poor people. The party should answer what they did in four generations of rule.” “Rahul has developed a Modi phobia, he keeps on saying Modi, Modi in his speeches. Rahul wants to remove Modi, while we want to remove poverty, unemployment and illiteracy from the country. In a recent rally, (Congress chief) Rahul Gandhi uttered Modi’s name 44 times in his 22-minute speech. I am wondering whether he is campaigning for the BJP or the Congress,” Shah said, in remarks laced with sarcasm.