Mayors of over 100 cities in the country will visit Ayodhya and pay their obeisance at the Ram Janmabhoomi and Hanumangarhi temples, an official said on Friday. The mayors’ visit to the temple town comes days after the visits of the chief ministers and deputy chief ministers of 12 BJP-ruled states earlier this week.
On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met several BJP MPs from the poll-bound state for breakfast. Sources told The Indian Express he discussed various “non-political” issues with them, and advised them to engage more with party workers and people beyond politics. Aside from the 36 MPs, the meeting was also attended by BJP president J P Nadda and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, they said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday attacked Opposition parties, claiming they worked only for particular castes when they were in power in Uttar Pradesh. Shah made the remarks while addressing a ‘Sarkar Banao, Adhikar Pao’ rally in Lucknow with the BJP’s new ally NISHAD party.
Shah targets SP and BSP, says their governments protected the mafia
Referring to SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP’s Mayawati, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said previous UP governments led by “bua and bhatija” had protected the mafia while Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ensured the migration of anti-social elements from the state.
Addressing a joint rally with the BJP ally Nishad Party in Lucknow, Shah said, “Yogi Adityanath has done the most important thing. He has cleaned the state from mafia and goons… The SP and BSP governments of bua-bhatija gave protection to mafia and goons, while under Yogi Adityanath all mafia members migrated from the state.”
A govt of lies, people helpless now: Akhilesh Yadav attacks BJP
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav sought blessings at a Hanuman temple in Raebareli on Friday as he kicked off the seventh leg of his ‘Samajwadi Vijay Yatra’ with a scathing attack on the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government.
“Today, people are helpless. There suffering is unimaginable,” Akhilesh said while addressing at a rally after the temple visit and accused the BJP government of making people suffer “dikkat, killat and zillat [problems, scarcity and humiliation]. “Our farmer brothers know that when they went to get fertiliser, they had to stand in line… the government could not arrange anything. And those who got fertilizers, when they came home and checked, 5 kg of fertiliser had been stolen from their sacks.”.