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Sikhs, Hindus were safe once: UP CM Yogi Adiyanath’s eulogy to Hindu rule in Kashmir

Lucknow: As BJP sharpens its Hindutva rhetoric ahead of the state assembly elections in five states, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday (October 29) said suffering of Hindus in Jammu & Kashmir started after the fall of “Hindu Kingdom”. Reaching out to the Sikh community at BJP’s Sikh Samaghan event, Adityanath said, Sikhs were safe in the state under the protection of a Hindu king.

“Jab tak Kashmir mein Hindu raja tha Hindu aur Sikh surakshit the. Jab Hindu raja ka patan hua, Hinduon ka bhi patan hona shuru hogaya. Aaj wahan ki sthiti kya hai? Koi apne ko surakshit bol sakta hai? Nahi. Humein itihas se seekhna chahiye: UP CM Adityanath at BJP’s Sikh Samagan,” said UP CM at the event.

In the past, many people including the Sikh community had to flee after the Hindu rule came to an end in the state. In a bid to broaden the party’s vote bank, Adityanath said his government will soon name institutions after Sikh Gurus such as Guru Nanakji who contributed to “nation-building”.

“I visited Patna Sahib when I visited Bihar. Our government has ordered a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe 1984 Sikh riots. Some people are trying to divide the country, we have to be careful or else an Afghanistan-like situation will follow,” he said.

Just yesterday, BJP MP Anurag Thakur and Rajasthan Minister of State (MoS) for Panchayat Raj Dhan Singh Rawat at different rallies used Hindutva to drum up support ahead of elections.

Thakur while speaking at the party’s Vijay Laksh 2019 event in Hyderabad said “whoever talks of Hindu rights will rule India”. He attacked the Congress leaders for taking a U-turn on its stance after alleging Hindu terror over Hindutva politics. “Those who spoke of Hindu terror for political appeasement now wear ‘janehu’ (a holy Hindu totem), and make temple runs – thereby vindicating the Hindutva stand,” he said.

Earlier, a Rajasthan Minister of State (MoS) for Panchayat Raj Dhan Singh Rawat in violation of election commission’s model code of conduct tried to wedge a divide in the fragile communal fabric of the state in a speech recently.

The minister in CM Vasundhara Raje government called upon Hindus to vote for the BJP since Muslims vote for Congress. Rawat on pretext of ‘protecting’ Hindus, incited the crowd to vote for BJP as “all” Muslims vote for Congress”.

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