The BJP is not against any particular religion but opposes the policy of appeasement, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said in an interview with News18 on Friday when asked to comment. explain its relationship with the Muslim community.
In his first interview after submitting his candidacy from Gorakhpur Assembly Headquarters, Yogi Adityanath told Rahul Joshi, Group Editor, Network18, that the BJP and its government firmly believe in “Sabka Saath, Sakba Vikas “.
“There is a Muslim minister in my cabinet. There is a Muslim Minister in the Cabinet of the Union. Arif Mohammad Khan is Governor of Kerala… We don’t focus on faces, but on development, harmony and “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas”. We are not against any religion. We are against anti-national forces,” Yogi Adityanath said during the interview at Gorakhpur Temple.
Striking against “the opposition’s appeasement policy”, Adityanath said his government does not discriminate. “Secularism does not mean opposing Hinduism, secularism does not mean appeasement,” he said.
The UP CM also explained its “80 against 20” remark in recent election speeches. While the ratio has been interpreted to refer to the state’s Hindu and Muslim populations, Yogi Adityanath said it refers to the ratio of people who want growth and security to “people who want riots, goonda raj and corruption”.
“The 80 are people who have benefited from our programs, those who want development, economic growth, security for women and well-being for farmers. The other 20 are those whose criminal activities have been hit hard by the policies of our government,” the CM said. He also accused opposition parties of putting ballot-banking politics above national security.
Yogi Adityanath submitted his candidacy from the Assembly headquarters in Gorakhpur, his native territory, in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday. This is the first time Adityanath, a five-time former Lok Sabha MP, has stood in the State Assembly elections as a candidate.
In 2017, when Yogi Adityanath became Chief Minister, he opted to become a member of the Legislative Council instead of running for a seat in the Assembly.
According to the CM election affidavit, no criminal cases are pending against him and his assets have increased by around Rs 59 lakh over the past four years. At the time of being elected MLC in 2017, his assets were Rs 95.98 lakh, which has now risen to Rs 1,54,94,000.
The 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections will be held in seven phases on the following dates: February 10 (Thursday), February 14 (Monday), February 20 (Sunday), February 23 (Wednesday), February 27 (Sunday) , March 3 (Thursday). ) and March 7 (Monday). The results of the Uttar Pradesh Elections 2022 will be announced on March 10 (Thursday).
The Uttar Pradesh Assembly has a total of 403 seats with 202 being the majority. The BJP has also set the target of over 300 seats this time around.
In the 2017 elections in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP came to power with 312 seats, while the Samajwadi party led by Akhilesh Yadav managed 47. Mayawati’s BSP faced 19 seats and the Congress was relegated to fourth place in the politically important state. with only seven seats. The term of the current UP Assembly ends on May 14, 2022.
(Edited by : Aditi Gautam)
First post: STI