‘Those who used to do iftar are now going to temples’: UP Deputy CM targets Samajwadi Party


Hardoi (Uttar Pradesh): Taking a jibe at the Samajwadi Party, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Thursday said those who used to have Iftar parties during his rule are now going to temples.

His statement comes days after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s controversial ‘Abba Jaan’ remark, which apparently targeted the SP and the Muslim community.

In BJP’s latest attack on Akhilesh Yadav and his Samajwadi Party, Maurya on Thursday said, “When he was in government in the state, he used to hold roza-iftar parties. When Kumbh was held during his regime, he did not go there. Take a bath. But after the formation of the BJP government, he is going to temples. This is an ideological victory for the BJP.”

Maurya was here to lay the foundation stone and inaugurate schemes worth over Rs 1,372 crore. He also announced schemes worth Rs 300 crore for the district. He said, “The same Akhilesh who used to turn his back on seeing Hindus, he has to take a dip in Haridwar and touch the feet of saints. Now he is declaring himself as Ram Bhakta and Krishna Bhakta.”

In Kushinagar on Saturday, Adityanath had remarked that people saying “Abba Jaan” used to digest all the ration earlier.

While SP chief Yadav hit back at Adityanath, saying the statements betrayed the “sanskar (values)” of the chief minister, Union minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani defended her constitutional right to put forth her views.

The Deputy Chief Minister also said on Thursday that the BJP will get more than 300 seats in the 2022 assembly elections.

On Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s promise of providing 300 units of free electricity if he wins the elections in Uttar Pradesh, Maurya said that AAP is running the Delhi government like a municipal corporation. “They (AAP) will not get candidates for all the seats and they will not be able to win even a single seat in UP. So they are only making promises,” he said.

He said that the law and order situation has improved under the BJP rule and bulldozers are plying on illegal properties acquired from illegal money.

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