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Amit Shah raises the Hindutva tone at UP rally

Amit Shah raises the Hindutva tone at UP rally

Raising the tone for Hindutva in Uttar Pradesh, a Union Interior Minister Amit Shah on Saturday offered a choice between two sets of what he abbreviated as JAM: Jan Dhan Yojana from BJP, Aadhaar card and mobile phones for all against by Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Mohammad Azam Khan and Mukhtar Ansari of the Opposition.

Addressing a rally after laying the foundation stone for a state university in Azamgarh, considered a stronghold of the SP, Shah attacked Samajwadi Party Chairman Akhilesh Yadav for his recent reference to Jinnah at a rally in Hardoi. While the BJP’s JAM represented the bank account of Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and mobile phones, the SP version consisted of Jinnah, Azam and Mukhtar, Shah said.

Mr. Khan is a member of Lok Sabha from Rampur in western UP and a high-ranking leader of the Samajwadi Party, while Mr. Ansari is a BSP MLA from Mau in Purvanchal, adjoining Azamgarh and is designated criminal from the “mafia” by the BJP government. Both Muslim leaders are currently in jail.

“Now tell me if you want JAM from BJP or JAM from SP,” asked Shah in Azamgarh, who said he was known for his “fundamentalist thinking” and for being a “safe haven for terrorism” under the SP government.

Mr. Shah accused Mr. Yadav of glorifying Jinnah as the election season approached. “Is there anyone here who sees a great person in Jinnah? But Akhileshji is sorry because the election season is here, ”said the BJP leader. Mr. Shah said that before 2017, the rule of caste, ‘dynasticism’ and appeasement existed in UP “Not everyone got justice,” he said, adding that now the chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, had put an end to these.

The Union Minister of the Interior suggested to Mr Adityanath, who was also on stage, that the new university be named after Maharaja Suheldev, a mythical warrior king of the medieval era who is today revered by both Pasis (Dalits) and by Rajbhars (OBC). Although Suheldev’s historicity is shrouded in mystery, over the years the BJP and RSS have aggressively projected him as an ideal Hindutva warrior who stopped the march of the Muslim invader Ghazi Mian, Mahmud Ghaznavi’s nephew.

Mr Shah referred to this and said that Suheldev had pushed back “foreign invaders” from UP land and had fought against “terrorism” in his day. “If this university is named after him, it would be a great message to people,” he said.

Shah’s speech was based on Hindutva rhetoric, where on the one hand he accused the Opposition of dividing people along caste lines, causing riots, indulging in appeasement and vote bank politics, on the other hand he said that the BJP he had kept the promise of a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya and dilute Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as making UP free of all mobs.

He praised Mr. Adityanath for doing Purvanchal “machhar and mafia mukt, ”A reference to the Chief Minister’s policy of public order and the management of encephalitis outbreaks in the region.

Adityanath said that the new university would turn Azamgarh into Aryan Garh.

Shah told UP voters that their blessings would help Prime Minister Narendra Modi move forward and strengthen his determination to make India a great global force and gain due respect for the country.

Mr. Akhilesh Yadav is the deputy from Azamgarh. In 2017, going against the trend, the BJP had managed to win just one seat in the district, while the SP secured five and the BSP had four.

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