March 30, 2023

yogi: Yogi: Don’t let UP become Kashmir, Kerala or Bengal | India News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: A video appeal to the electorate from CM Yogi Adityanath hours ahead of polling in west UP on Thursday appeared to hit a raw nerve across regions by suggesting it wouldn’t take long for the state “to become Kashmir, Kerala or Bengal” if BJP wasn’t voted back to government.
“My only worry is that these people (rival parties) are trying to form the government. If you give in to what they are saying, my five years of work will go waste…This vote will be your guarantee to a life without fear,” he said.
Yogi said he was satisfied that UP was now free of “professional criminals” and the terror tactics of the mafia. “The Hindus who migrated have returned,” he said, referring to the alleged exodus of traders after threats from criminals in Kairana in 2016. “Those who used to threat and extort money from traders are either in jail or have left the state.”
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan fired a Twitter retort at Yogi for dragging his state into the poll pitch, saying he was possibly afraid that if UP became like Kerala, it would enjoy “the best education, health services, social welfare, living standards and have a harmonious society in which people won’t be murdered in the name of religion and caste”.
“That’s what the people of UP would want,” he said, later tweeting the same message in Hindi and tagging Yogi.
Kerala MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted, “UP should be so lucky!! Kashmir’s beauty, Bengal’s culture & Kerala’s education would do wonders for the place. UP’s wonderful: pity about its govt”.
NC vice-president and former J&K CM Omar Abdullah joined in the Twitter storm. “He (Yogi) should be so lucky. J&K has less poverty, better human development indices, less crime & generally better standards of living than UP. What we lack is good governance over the last 3-4 years but that is a temporary phenomenon,” he wrote.
In Bengal, CM Mamata Banerjee was yet to react to Yogi’s barb till late Thursday. But TMC didn’t hold back, raking up the spectre of allegedly Covid-infected bodies washing ashore in UP and mocking a government advertisement published last year that purportedly passed off Kolkata’s Maa flyover as one in UP. “Bengal will never become Adityanath’s UP,” TMC Rajya Sabha MP Santanu Sen said.
TMC’s Rajya Sabha chief whip Sukhendu Sekhar Roy said Yogi “had forgotten to add that UP would not witness Hathras, Unnao, Balarampur and Lakhimpur Kheri, only if voters voted against BJP”.
Leading up to the climax about what BJP doesn’t want UP to become, Yogi’s video message focused on what he had achieved in the past five years, including “policing without political interference” and “women being able to move about freely”. The CM said he never worked in a “biased manner” and there was no scam or the charge of corruption against him.
Sources said Yogi’s comparison of UP with Kerala under the Left, TMC-governed Bengal and troubled J&K was an extension of the Hindutva playbook that helped propel BJP to government with an absolute majority in 2017.
(With inputs from Thiruvananthapuram & Kolkata)

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