“How can hatemonger be Yogi?”: Rahul Gandhi takes veiled dig at Uttar Pradesh CM for recent hate speech against Muslims

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has taken a veiled swipe at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for his recent hate speech targeting the Muslim population in the state.

Rahul Gandhi
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Gandhi took to Twitter to write in Hindi, “Jo Nafrat Kare, Wo Yogi Kaisa (How can a hatemonger be a Yogi?)”

Addressing a rally on Sunday, Adityanath had said that his predecessors only provided ration to Muslims before he became the state’s chief minister in 2017. He had said, “2017 ke pahle kya sabhi ko ration milta tha?….Abba Jaan kehne wale sara ration hajam kar lete the,” (Did everyone get ration before 2017?…People who said Abba Jaan used to digest all the ration).”

Adityanath, who founded a militant organisation, Hindu Yuva Vahini, before becoming Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister, had to face widespread condemnation for his hate speech with netizens trending ##AbbaJaan on Twitter and sharing photos of themselves with their fathers. In a blow to Adityanath’s hate agenda, many Hindu Twitter users too decided to share the stories of their fathers with photos by using hashtag #AbbaJaan.

According to analysts, Adityanath has resorted to hate speech against Muslims to divert people’s attention from his poor governance ahead of the next year’s assembly polls. Uttar Pradesh was one of the worst-hit states during the second wave of the pandemic.

The state has also reported another wave of deaths lately with people forced to die outside government hospitals for the want of decent healthcare facilities.