New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday alleged that Congress achieved electoral success through deceit.
Adityanath, who had emerged as the most sought-after campaigner for the BJP in these elections, said the Congress had won by deceit but added that the party has accepted its defeat with humility. “The Congress’ lies will start unravelling soon, and that will make our future battles even easier,” he was quoted as saying in media reports.
Addressing reporters at Patna’s Mahavir temple, the firebrand BJP leader said victories and defeats are part of the democratic process and one should accept both outcomes in all humility.
“We never bask in our victories while blaming our defeats on electronic voting machines (EVMs),” he said, referring to the Congress. “When they win, they immediately start worshipping the EVMs,” he claimed, hitting out at the perceived double standards.
He also denied making a comment on Lord Hanuman’s caste in Rajasthan ahead of the polls. The UP CM was widely quoted as having said that Hanuman was a Dalit, even though some have disputed this version, claiming that he just said the deity took every community along.
The remark had not only created a furore in the poll-bound state, but also in Uttar Pradesh, where Dalit groups have demanded that management of Hanuman’s temples should be handed over to them.
“I did not say anything about Bajrang Bali’s caste. I only said that Lord Hanuman resides in spirituality, and spirituality exists in people of all caste,” he said on Wednesday.
According to reports, a right-wing group in Rajasthan has sent a legal notice to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, asking him to apologise within three days for allegedly calling the Hindu deity a Dalit during an election rally in Alwar district.
Adityanath was in Bihar on Wednesday to meet Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. He arrived in the city after visiting Janakpur in Nepal. He has been a prominent face during pre-poll rallies for the BJP.
Adityanath campaigned extensively for the recent assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Telangana, also met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during his stopover at the state capital.
The Congress has stormed to power in all three Hindi heartland states, while the KCR wave swept Telangana.