Yogi Adityanath stated that the state’s image was impacted due to the law and order situation during the previous governments.
Responding to his critics, who often label him as a divisive politician, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asserted that there have been “no riots, no curfews” in the state for the past six years, and all festivals have been celebrated peacefully. In an interview with ANI editor Smita Prakash, the fiery BJP leader stated that his government did not rely on showmanship or hypocrisy.
I have been the Chief Minister for over 6 years now. Since 2017, there have been no riots in the state. No curfew was imposed in the last 6 years, and all festivals were celebrated peacefully,” Adityanath replied when questioned about criticism of his Hindu hardliner image.
Addressing the allegations of preventing several opposition candidates from filing nominations in the Panchayat elections, Yogi Adityanath said that every individual has the right to contest elections.
“People who talk big should see how elections are conducted. In Uttar Pradesh, urban body elections, Panchayat elections, and Assembly elections were held, and what happened? Is there any difference between the way they want to make the country and what the TMC government did in West Bengal (and the UP government)?” he remarked.
“We didn’t resort to showmanship or hypocrisy. Everyone has the right to contest elections, and they should get that opportunity. They can contest elections, and if they are capable, they will win. If we are capable, we will win, and if not, we will lose, and that’s how it should be. If a person is a competitor and capable of winning, they should win. It is a democratic right, and we cannot deprive them of it.”
The Chief Minister also defended the controversial bulldozer action against criminals and mafias in the state.
“…Should I perform the ‘Aarti’ of those people who illegally seized government property? The people of UP want action against criminals and mafias.”