Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday accused the Congress of using Karnataka as an ATM to fund its activities while stalling development in the state.
Asking people to vote for BJP in Karnataka, Adityanath said to get the benefit of central schemes, “we need the same party in the state and the Centre”.
Accusing the Congress of being disconnected from development, he said: “This state is nothing more than an ATM for the Congress and it will use the state in this way.”
The UP CM was speaking at the Bengaluru leg of Parivartana Yatra rally, his second within three weeks. Planned by state BJP president and former Karnataka chief minister, B S Yeddyurappa, the rally aims to reach out to people in all the 224 constituencies of the state ahead of the assembly elections in May.
Karnataka state BJP president and for chief minister, B S Yeddyurappa (C) with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath (R) and Union minister Sadanand Gowda during Parivartana rally in Bengaluru on Sunday.
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According to Adityanath, Karnataka, which was a model for development, has been held back by the Congress over the past five years.
“Under the leadership of [Prime Minister] Narendra Modi, the BJP has decided to develop the country. And, for schemes of development to reach the youth, farmers, and a city like Bengaluru, it is necessary to have a BJP government here.
“In the whole country, people are voting the Congress out, like in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. If BJP has formed a government for the sixth time in Gujarat, its development is becoming a benchmark for India,” Adityanath said.
Targeting Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah’s recent assertions of his Hindu identity and attacks against BJP for trying to claim Hinduism as its, Adityanath said, “[Siddaramaiah] has seen your strength and remembered Hindutva, like [Congress president] Rahul Gandhi remembered temples in Gujarat.”
As a Hindu, is it correct for you to promote beef eating? Adityanath asks Siddaramaiah
The head of the Gorakhnath Math also held forth on the characteristics of Hindutva, calling it the way of life of India.
“Hindutva is not specific to any caste or religion. It means living life in sync with India,” he said. “However, it does not promote the consumption of beef. I want to ask [Siddaramaiah], if you too are Hindu, then how correct is it for you to promote the consumption of beef?”
He accused the Congress of scuttling the previous BJP government’s efforts to introduce an anti-cow slaughter bill.
Adityanath also warned the people of Karnataka that as elections near, the Congress would “divide you on the basis of caste”.
Karnataka state president of BJP, B S Yeddyurappa (C) with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath (2R) , Union minister Ananth Kumar (R), Sadanand Gowda (L) during Parivartana rally in Bengaluru on Sunday.
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The UP chief minister said when Lord Ram was searching for Sita after she was kidnapped, he was roaming in forests without any hope. It was Karnataka’s Hanuman who showed him the way. “This is the land that has always shown the way,” he said.
Citing the alleged killings of 22 Hindutva workers, Adityanath said the law and order situation in the state had worsened and compared it to the situation in UP before the BJP formed the government in 2017.
“Daughters were not safe, crime was increasing; there used to be riots every other day. Now, under the BJP there are no riots, and the UP is racing ahead in terms of development,” he said.
The UP CM also accused the Congress of blocking the passage of important legislations like the bill against instant triple talaq. “You would have seen how the triple talaq bill was obstructed by the Congress. We must decide if we will go with vikas or fatwas,” he said, and asked the people of the state to vote for the BJP in the assembly elections.