Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh:
Interior Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressed a demonstration in Azamgarh, the territory of rival Akhilesh Yadav, today where they launched a relentless attack on the head of the Samajwadi Party. The Chief Minister, who has been criticized in the past for the spree to rename places in the state, today suggested a name change for the Lok Sabha constituency – “Aryamgarh”.
The rally also saw Amit Shah endorsing Yogi Adityanath as the BJP’s chief minister candidate ahead of next year’s state elections.
“I have said before that we never have enough Vidhan Sabha seats in Azamgarh … but ab bahut ho gaya (that’s enough). I ask you to give all Vidhan Sabha seats here to the BJP so that Yogi Adityanath can become the Chief Minister again, “said the Minister of the Interior. The BJP is considering a second consecutive term in the state.
Amit Shah’s endorsement comes after the BJP met earlier this year on the UP’s electoral strategy when Yogi Adityanath faced tremendous criticism for handling Covid.
Today, when the tone of the poll was raised, Amit Shah also referred to Akhilesh Yadav’s “Jinnah” comment last month that had sparked a major political row. “Jinnah has a special relevance to Akhilesh,” he said.
“(PM) Modi ji has a” JEM “idea for India and UP:” J “for Jan Dhan’s bank accounts,” A “: Aadhar card and” M “for mobile phones for everyone. When I said this in Gujarat, The Samajwadi Party said they also have a jewel. I asked a journalist what the “jewel” of the SP means, and he told me that his JEM means “J” for Jinnah, “A” for Azam Khan and “M” for Mukhtar Now tell me do you want our JEM or the Samajwadi Party? “Amit Shah asked the crowd.
“As the elections approach, Akhilesh Yadav has started to see greatness in Jinnah. People from the minority community are sitting it down. Does anyone feel that jinnah is great? No one. It is only Akhilesh Yadav who feels this,” he added.
Akhilesh Yadav’s comment on October 31 had sparked a war of words. The comment was: “Sardar Patel, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Jinnah studied at the same institute and became lawyers. They became lawyers and fought for the freedom of India. They never left any fight.”
Faced with criticism, he later justified the use of the name of the founder of Pakistan. “Why should I give the context? I’d say read the books again,” he had said.
Attacking the Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav, Yogi Adityanath further said: “Azamgarh could have given two former senior ministers or sent them to the Lok Sabha, but because of them, Azamgarh’s identity has always been reduced. Before 2014, a person from Azamgarh had trouble even getting a hotel room anywhere in the country … such was the identity crisis. ”
“There has been a demand to change the name of Azamgarh to Aryamgarh,” added the Chief Minister.
Various venues across the state have changed names since Yogi Adityanath took over in 2017, attacking him from his rivals.
While Allahabad was renamed Prayagraj, Faizabad was renamed Ayodhya.
Earlier this year, a gram panchayat or local body in Unnao proposed renaming a block in the district from ‘Miyanganj’ to ‘Mayaganj’, the last in the series.
“The new state university will ensure that Azamgarh definitely becomes Aryamgarh,” the Chief Minister said today. Amit Shah was in the constituency to lay the foundation stone for the university.
Continuing his tirade against Akhilesh Yadav, Yogi Adityanath asked the crowd: “I want to ask the people of Azamgarh … Did your deputy from Lok Sabha come to you to find out how you were?”
When he received a resounding “no” for an answer, he said: “Now that the elections are approaching, they will come and they will divert you.”
“Someone was killed at Shibli school because he was fighting for the right to sing ‘Vande Matram’. For a month, not even a FIR was registered. Can anyone dare to do this now?” I ask.
In 2014, Ajit Rai, a student at the Shivli National Post Graduate College, was shot on campus after a confrontation broke out between two groups of students.
Yogi Adityanath addressed the incident today, accusing the previous government of ignoring the law and order situation in the state.
Interestingly, Akhilesh Yadav is in Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath’s fortress.