‘Congress infested by Muslim league virus’, UP CM Yogi Adityanath embroils controversy

A day after Rahul Gandhi’s massive rally in Wayanad, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath accused the Congress party chief of having a “secret agenda” in Kerala along with the Muslim League, the organization which caused the country’s division. The BJP leader was referring to the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) which is one of the oldest ally of the United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala.

“Where is this secret agenda between the Congress and Muslim league going to take the country? What sort of an atmosphere the Congress wants to build in this country?”,

CM Yogi asked at a rally at Kashipur in Uttarakhand’s Udham Singh Nagar district.

During Rahul Gandhi’s roadshow a day earlier, the IUML flags and its supporters were seen in large number in Kerala’s Wayanad.

Infuriating a controversy, Yogi Adityanath said Muslim league is a virus and Congress has been infected by it. “If Congress wins the virus will be spread to the entire country. Already the virus has divided the country once” said Yogi.

Yogi Adityanath escalated his attack against the Congress and said that the party has been infested by the Muslim League virus which would spread to the entire country if it wins this election.

“Rahul Gandhi has filed nomination from a seat in Kerala where he has a secret agenda with the Muslim League, the same organisation which was at the root of the country’s division,” he accused.

The Congress’s bother and sister duo held a roadshow in Wayanad, the second seat that the Congress president is contesting other than Amethi. After filing his nomination papers, Rahul targeted the BJP and the RSS over the alleged attack on India’s culture and institutions under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership.

The Muslim League welcomed the Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the southern state ahead of his nomination filing in Wayanad by waving the party’s green flags.

The presence of the Muslim League, which was once described as a ‘dead horse’ by Jawaharlal Nehru, has been limited to two parliamentary seats in Kerala. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the party fought as an alliance partner of the UPA and won two seats – Mallapuram and Ponnani which were won by P K Kunhalikutty and ET Muhammed Basheer, respectively.

Kerala is also the sole state where the Left still has a formidable presence in power. With the UDF and the LDF being the two prominent forces, the southern state has traditionally voted the alternate government to power.

Rahul made it clear that his fight was not against the CPI(M) and affirmed that he would not say a word against the Left parties with whom he is locked in a direct contest in this southern state.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s first foray outside the family bastion of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh has been caught by a major controversy.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath pointed to the presence of the green flags of the Muslim League which were waived at Rahul Gandhi’s roadshow in Kerala’s Wayanad on Thursday.

CM Adityanath even claimed that Congress president Rahul Gandhi had asked its “special ally”, the Muslim League, to refrain from bringing its green flag to his rally in Wayanad as it would upset voters in UP.

Adityanath wrote on Twitter that “The entire nation fought the British alongside Mangal Pandey in the 1857 freedom struggle. Then the Muslim League virus came and divided the entire nation. Today, that danger has returned to haunt us. Green flags are being waved again. Beware, Congress is infested by the Muslim League virus.”

The UP CM, Yogi Adityanath, faces his first big challenge after being elected as the Chief Minister in Uttar Pradesh this Lok Sabha election. With the SP-BSP forging an alliance, the vote share may significantly drift towards the mahagathbandhan, inflicting damage to the BJP. CM Adityanath bears the burden of protecting the BJP’s hold in the state which gave it 70+ seats out of 80 seats, playing a pivotal role in the party’s blockbuster win in the 2014 general elections.

With 80 Lok Sabha seats up for grabs, the BJP knows winning UP will be key to its prospects of a second consecutive term in office at the Centre.



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