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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Last days of Didi’s govt have begun, says Adityanath

UP CM Yogi Adityanath took a swipe at his Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee and said he did not allow any change in Durga Puja timings in his state to accommodate Muharram processions.

lok sabha elections Updated: May 17, 2019 12:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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Yogi was scheduled to address three rallies in Bengal on Wednesday but one of them at Phoolbagan in Kolkata was cancelled.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday took a swipe at his Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee over the violence witnessed during BJP chief Amit Shah’s road show in Kolkata on Tuesday.

BJP members taking out a silent march to protest against the attack on party chief Amit Shah’s convoy during a roadshow in Bengal, in Lucknow on Wednesday.

“The last days of the government of Didi (Mamata Banerjee) have begun. The violence during the road show of BJP president Amit Shah has written the expiry date of the TMC,” Adityanath said at an election rally in Barasat, West Bengal.

Yogi was scheduled to address three rallies in Bengal on Wednesday but one of them at Phoolbagan in Kolkata was cancelled. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday took a swipe at his Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee and said he did not allow any change in Durga Puja timings in his state to accommodate Muharram processions.

“In the last few years, Mamata Banerjee imposed certain restrictions on Durga puja (in West Bengal). Muharram and the puja coincided in Uttar Pradesh too. When officials asked me whether Durga puja timings should be changed, I said no change should be made to the puja schedule. Instead, muharram processions should be postponed,” Adityanath said at an election rally in Barasat constituency in north 24 Parganas district.

“Wherever we go, we greet people by saying Jai Sri Ram. But in Bengal there is a ban on saying it and observing pujas. Ever since people voted for BJP in UP, not a single communal clash has taken place. Nobody can play with law now. Criminals are either in jail or are dead,” the UP chief minister said.

“During the tenure of Mamata’s ally SP-BSP, Hindus were exiled but when we came to power, we relocated them,” he said.

He also hit out at Banerjee over the violence witnessed during BJP chief Amit Shah’s road show in Kolkata on Tuesday.

“The last days of the government of Didi (Mamata Banerjee) have begun. The violence during the road show of BJP president Amit Shah has written the expiry date of the TMC,” Adityanath said..

Yogi was scheduled to address three rallies in Bengal on Wednesday but one of them at Phoolbagan in Kolkata was cancelled.He added, “This attack on Amit Shah’s road show is the beginning of a dark chapter of democracy.”

“The West Bengal government first allowed and then cancelled my rally, but then I pledged to come here,” he said.

“Ishwar Chandra Vidya Sagar is revered by us, and whole country respects him. Mamata government tried to hide its sins by targeting his statue. It tried to ban the slogan of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ here,” he said, referring to vandalism at Kolkata’s Vidyasagar College where bust of tahe iconic social reformer Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar was damaged.

First Published: May 16, 2019 09:38 IST