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Rahul Gandhi's temple visits in Gujarat were 'sham', says Yogi Adityanath

Congress and Rahul Gandhi have no right to discuss development: Yogi

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Yogi Adityanath
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

Chief Minister on Saturday termed as a "sham" vice-president Rahul Gandhi's recent visits to temples in during his recent campaign tour in the poll-bound state.

Tearing into the and its leadership, Adityanath also said they have no right to berate the 'model of development'.

"As far as Rahul Gandhi's visits to temples are concerned, I am surprised. Rahul Gandhi's 'pakhand' and 'dhong' (hypocrisy and sham) is not going to work," Adityanath said, speaking to reporters at Nakhatrana in Kutch during BJP's 'Gaurav Yatra' election campaign.

"The same was eager to destroy the Ram Setu. During a hearing in the Supreme Court, government had raised a question about the existence of Sri Ram and Sri Krishna," he claimed, and asked, "If the party does not believe in the existence of Sri Ram and Sri Krishna, then why wants to take credit by visiting temples."

Ram Setu, also known as Adam's Bridge, is a chain of limestone shoals between Pamban Island off the south-eastern coast of Tamil Nadu and Mannar Island off the north-western coast of Sri Lanka. PILs were filed in the Supreme Court in the past, demanding that it be declared a monument.

"If the country is facing poverty, terrorism and Naxalism, then the is to be held responsible for that. and have no right to discuss development; even the Foundation has accepted the (genuineness of) development of Gujarat," he said.

The government is not doing the politics of "caste and dynasty," the chief minister added.

"The talks about the entire society, and the programmes that the has launched under the leadership of respected Narendra-bhai (prime minister Narendra Modi) focus on farmers, villagers, poor, women and youth," he said.

Gandhi started his recent campaign for Assembly polls by visiting the Dwarkadeesh temple and offered prayers at many other temples in the state.

has been campaigning in the BJP-ruled state since yesterday.

First Published: Sat, October 14 2017. 19:34 IST