With Uttar Pradesh assembly elections looming, Narendra Modi on Monday returned to invoking his divisive politics as he referred to Mughal ruler Aurangzeb as a tyrant. Modi returned to his constituency Varanasi to launch the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor project took a dip in river Ganga in front of several cameras.
He said, “The tyranny of Aurangzeb, who tried to change the civilisation by using sword… If Aurangzeb comes here, then Shivaji also rises.”
Modi also praised Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath for his contribution in overseeing the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor project.
Adityanath is facing widespread anger from people in Uttar Pradesh for his failure in governance particularly his inept handling of the second wave of the pandemic, leading to the deaths of lakhs of people. Hundreds of dead bodies were seen floating in the same river where Modi took a dip on Monday in a bid to woo Hindu voters.
The BJP is also facing anger from the farmers, who recently called off their year-long protests against the Modi government’s three farm laws after Modi performed a U-turn to repeal the controversial laws.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday had slammed Modi and his party for fooling the ordinary public with their Hindutva politics. Gandhi had said that those practicing Hindutva politics were not real Hindus.
Uttar Pradesh goes to the polls early next year.