Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has drawn flak from Adityanath and AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi for a reference to Muhammad Ali Jinnah in his recent speech.
Speaking in Hardoi recently, Yadav had said that Sardar Patel, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Jinnah studied at the same institute and became barristers before they fought for India’s freedom.
Reacting to Yadav’s comments, Adityanath said that mention of Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, in the same breath as Gandhi, Nehru and Patel was ‘shameful.’
“I was listening to (SP president) Akhilesh ji’s statement yesterday. He was comparing Jinnah, who divided the country, with Sardar Patel, who brought the nation together. This is a shameful statement,” the right-wing Hindu leader said.
Also expressing his displeasure on Yadav’s comments was AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi. “Akhilesh Yadav should understand that Indian Muslims have nothing to do with Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Our elders rejected the two nation theory and chose India as their country,” Owaisi was quoted by ANI.
Uttar Pradesh goes to key assembly elections early next year. Facing massive unrest due to lack of governance and widespread deaths in this year’s COVID pandemic, Adityanath is desperately using anything that can help him polarise voters along communal lines.
Adityanath also said that the Narendra Modi government would not hesitate to launch airstrikes if the Taliban decided to move towards India. According to PTI, Adityanath said, “Today, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the country is powerful, and no country can dare to raise its eyes towards India. Today, Pakistan and Afghanistan are feeling disturbed because of the Taliban. But, the Taliban knows if it moves towards India, an air strike is ready.”
Adityanath has also been making string statements related to the alleged celebrations on Pakistan’s victory against India in a recent T20 World Cup match.