Prominentt religious guru and BJP leader Swami Paripoornananda, who is described as the "Yogi Adityanath of Telangana" by his supporters, says he is just one of the many admirers of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.
Paripoornananda, who was in the news earlier this year after being externed from Hyderabad for allegedly making provocative speeches, had recently joined the BJP in the presence of its president Amit Shah and general secretary Ram Madhav.
Asked about being described as the 'Yogi Adityanath of Telangana,' he said, "I could see his (UP CM) maturity, his way of dealing things, his presentation.
He is widely accepted across the nation. Many NRIs, they just follow him, they admire him. I am one of his admirers," he said. b
He said Shah had told him to focus on Telangana and to convey to people that BJP, has in no way, tied up with TRS.
"Amit Shah's message for me is to really focus on Telangana and issues in Telangana and convey to people that in no way BJP is tied up with Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), directly or indirectly.
"If at all, TRS head KCR (K Chandrasekhar Rao) wants to have a tie-up, let him have a tie-up with Prime Minister. Because, he (KCR) is chief minister of a state and he should have contact with prime minister. If he wants. That should be the only relation," he told PTI in an interview here.
"The TRS is sending wrong signals to the society by joining hands with the city-based AIMIM," he said.
The religious guru, who has been engaged in public service for about two decades now, said he would focus on working for the party and not seek any post for himself.
"I am a common man. If you ask me the definition of a CM, I am a common man. Before elections, and after elections. If you say, it is a Chief Minister post,.. that has to be decided by the party. The party has to decide," he said.
He said this when asked whether he would be a Chief Ministerial candidate for the BJP in Telangana.
"If the party feels so, I will say I am a 'Karma Yogi'. I work for a party. I am not working for a 'kursi' (chair)," he said.
He also said what is good for him is not important, that what is good for the country, state and party is.
He said the party would decide if he should contest the elections. He said he was ready to contest if the party feels that by his contesting, it would give better results.
Asked about his alleged provocative speech, he said: "If anybody can prove that I have said something provocative, they don't need to ask me to go out, I myself will get out of the state."
Paripoornananda, who was externed from Hyderabad for allegedly making provocative speeches and later got relief from the court, said he would never hurt the religious sentiments of others.
He asked why the TRS government did not extern AMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi when he had allegedly made a provocative speech.
Paripoornananda said he would campaign in the elections on the alleged failures of the TRS government to implement its promises, including two-bedroom houses for the poor and three acres of land for scheduled caste people.
He wanted to know why Telangana has not implemented the 'Ayushman Bharat' health scheme introduced by the central government.
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