The occasion may have been the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the Noida International Airport, but Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was seen on Thursday launching his latest criticism against Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah. There is now less than three months away before the state elections.
Refuting the comments of his rival Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Adityanath said the country will have to choose between the “sweetness of sugarcane” or “mischief by Jinnah’s followers” in the state.
“Some people had tried to associate the bitterness with a series of riots in the sugarcane region (western parts) of Uttar Pradesh. Now the country has to decide whether the sweetness of sugarcane will increase or Jinnah’s followers will do mischief,” Adityanath said. Adityanath said. Addressed a crowd of thousands.
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The Chief Minister was speaking in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Noida International Airport in Jewar area of Gautam Buddh Nagar.
Samajwadi Party leader and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav last month enlisted Jinnah along with Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Jawaharlal Nehru, saying they all helped India achieve independence.
Addressing a rally, the Samajwadi Party chief said, “Sardar Patel, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Jinnah studied in the same institute and became barristers. They became barristers and they fought for India’s independence. They never fought for any struggle. Don’t back down.”
His remarks had invited severe criticism from the ruling BJP, with Yogi Adityanath calling it “shameful” and a sign of “Taliban mindset”.
“Samajwadi Party chief yesterday compared Jinnah to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It is shameful. It is the Talibani mentality that believes in dividing. Sardar Patel united the country. At present, the PM’s (Prime Minister Narendra Modi)’s Under the leadership, work is going on, Adityanath had said, achieve ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat (One India, Best India)’.