MALDA: Uttar Pradesh CM and BJP’s star campaigner Yogi Adityanath laid out the party’s version of “cultural nationalism” during his speech on Tuesday in Malda, which has a heavy Muslim presence. His speech was packed with elements like “love jihad”, “appeasement”, “jihadi hub”, Mamata Banerjee’s alleged “contempt towards Ram bhakts”, and CAA.
Adityanath said if voted to office in Bengal, BJP will “ban illegal slaughterhouses, stop cattle smuggling and cow slaughter”. “Come May 2, people in Bengal will celebrate the Deepavali of cultural nationalism,” he added.
The Bengal government had failed to stop love jihad and “provide security to women”, he said, citing how the UP government had introduced a tough law against it.
The BJP functionary told the Malda gathering how his government banned illegal slaughterhouses in UP within 24 hours of assuming office. “We have also stopped cow slaughter there,” he said, reminding people that there had been no riots in UP since 2017.
Adityanath spoke about the aspirations of Bengal youths and how successive governments (Congress, Left and TMC) had failed them. “Thirty years ago, youths from across the country used to come to Bengal for jobs. We are witnessing a reverse flow now. Youths from Bengal are moving out to UP and Delhi for jobs.”
Recalling contributions of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, who wrote ‘Bande Mataram’, and Swami Vivekananda, who took Hinduism to the world, he said, “I wonder why the TMC government is averse to Ram bhakts when people in India greet each other by saying ‘Ram Ram’, begin new work in his name and chant ‘Ram naam satya hai’ when a person leaves this world.”
He also lashed out at TMC for barring Durga idol immersions on October 1, 2017, the same day Muharram was being observed.