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In the run-up to Gorakhpur and Phulpur by-elections, the BJP seems to be playing its Hindutva card again with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath saying that he is a Hindu and hence, has no reason to celebrate Eid.
Proud of our UP CM Yogi Adityanath Ji 4 his fearless & selfless work.When he says "I Am Proud to be a Hindu, I Don't Celebrate Eid but We will continue to work for a peaceful celebration of #Eid" means #SabKaSaathSabKaVikas
Huge applause 4 "देश तोड़ने वालों को हम तोड़ देंगें"👏 pic.twitter.com/1bsnlf9fy4
— khemchand sharma (@SharmaKhemchand) March 7, 2018
The statement comes days after the CM made a similar remark during a public meeting in his home turf, Gorakhpur. “People are saying that Holi and Juma will be on the same day this year. I have suggested them to celebrate Holi with pomp and grandeur as the festival of colors comes once and year, while Juma is observed 52 times in a year,” he said.
There has not been a single riot in the state in last 11 months. You celebrated Holi recently. I told authority Holi comes only once a year & appealed to our Muslim brothers to shift Friday Namaaz hours. I thank them that they made this possible: #UttarPradesh CM Yogi Adityanath pic.twitter.com/3byOui9yGl
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— Times of India (@timesofindia) March 7, 2018
After getting the support of BSP, the Samajwadi Party candidate in Phulpur and Gorakhpur by-elections has managed to garner the support of Nishad Party, Peace Party, Kumri Mahasabha, Rashtriya Lok Dal, CPM and other local political outfits which are mostly dominated by the Nishads, Binds, Sainthwars, and Gonds. Interestingly, members of these communities are present in good numbers in the bypoll-bound constituencies.
The day is not far when one party will be in power right from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, says UP CM Yogi Adityanath https://t.co/SWQsoeap5y
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The other cause of concern for the BJP in polls is its minister Om Prakash Rajbhar, who also heads Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party and the faction of Apna Dal supporting BJP. The faction is also not happy with the party. In the recent local body elections, both of these parties were dumped by the BJP, which may also be the reason for the dissent. Om Prakash Rajbhar has on several occasions expressed his discontent with the saffron party and threatened to break the alliance.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath has made a surprising claim of no communal violence in the state in last 11 months.https://t.co/jQUZk80aX7
— India Today (@IndiaToday) March 4, 2018