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Last Updated: February 04, 2022, 21:48 IST
Yogi Adityanath News18 Interview UP Assembly Election 2022: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday evening spoke to Network18’s Group Editor-in-Chief Rahul Joshi on a range of issues, including attack on Asaduddin Owaisi’s convoy, Kairana exodus and his equation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that PM Modi is BJP’s guardian, and he cannot have any difference with his ‘margdarshak’. “We are all working under the guidance of the prime minister. It is our country’s fortune to get a leader like Modi ji. He’s an inspiring leader,” the chief Read More
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Yogi Adityanath had recently tweeted that the “candidate of the Tamanchawadi Party from Kairana is threatening that the heat has not calmed down yet! After March 10, the heat will cool down.” Taking a dig at him, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav asked if the chief minister was a compressor that he will take out the heat of the SP. Elaborating on the war of words and the Kairana exodus, CM Yogi said that no western UP citizen can forget the 2013 riots. I don’t think people will forget Gaurav Sachin. I don’t think these people (Samajwadi Party) are coming to power. Yogi Adityanath further said, “Public trust should be the biggest achievement in a democracy for any leader. No other politician after Independence seems to have been able to achieve what Modi ji did in 2014, UP in 2017 and 2019. And the only method used for the achievement was working on the issues — be it on global forum, for the poor or people of any faith.”
Talking about his equation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said, “PM Modi is our guardian. No differences with my guardian. We are all working under the guidance of the prime minister. He is our ‘margdarshak’. It is our country’s fortune to get a leader like Modi ji. PM Modi has been inspiring leader.” The chief minister also thanked Amit Shah for accompanying him during filing of nomination. “Union home minister has drafted the Lok Kalyan proposal for the state,” he added.
On Priyanka Gandhi and Congress trying hard to come to power in Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath said, “Every one has the right to contest election, but we still need to see how many people end up with her. Congress’s fate will be sealed on March 10. I belong to the Shaivite tradition, so I can drink poison and distribute nectar. This is our way of working, and we will keep working.”
Talking about Amit Shah’s caution to Jayant Choudhary over tie-up with Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, Yogi Adityanath said, “Chaudhary Charan Singh was a respectable leader. Everyone knows RLD leader Jayant Chaudhary never moved out of Delhi. Home minister Amit Shah gave a useful advice to Jayant, but he misconstrued his advice. Jayant might be a good person but is in a wrong alliance. We have huge respect of Chowdhury Charan Singh ji, and the legacy he has left.”
When asked about BJP leaders who switched over to other parties ahead of Uttar Pradesh Elections 2022, Yogi Adityanath said, “Many people from other parties have also joined the BJP. People joining BJP are not lured by tickets. Those leaving BJP are siding with ‘Parivarwaad’.”
Talking about Kairana exodus, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said, “No one will forgive Samajwadi Party for Kairana exodus. All surveys were proven wrong in 2019 elections. It is SP who believes in violence. No one will forgive SP for firing on Ram devotees. SP believes in riots.”
When News18 asked Uttar Pradesh chief minister why no Muslim candidate has been fielded by BJP till now, Yogi Adityanath replied, “There is a Muslim minister in my cabinet, one Muslim minister in Union Cabinet, Arif Mohd Khan is serving as the governor in Kerala. We are not focused on faces but on development and harmony — ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. We are not against any religion, We are against anti-national forces. We are against appeasement politics and do not discriminate. After independence, BJP has done the most honest work in the country. Secularism does not mean opposing Hinduism, secularism does not mean appeasement.”
Talking about Samajwadi Party and Akhilesh Yadav, Yogi Adityanath told News, “We talk about nationalism, they talk about castes. We take up issues related to development, but they talk about their family. Their may call themselves ‘Samajwadis’, but they think like ‘Parivarwadis’ and ‘Dangawadis’.”
On attack on AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s convoy, Yogi Adityanath said that in democracy we believe in ‘Ballot, not in Bullet’. Such incidents of attack is not acceptable. No one will be allowed to take law in its own hands, even if we have our political differences.”
Yogi Adityanath tells News18 that Rahul Gandhi’s comments on Kashmir in Parliament have to be condemned. He is speaking in Pakistan’s language for vote bank politics. They are playing with nation security, only vote bank is important for them, he added.
Yogi Adityanath told News18, “Uttar Pradesh has shown immense faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I am confident that BJP will cross 300 seats in UP. The ‘double engine’ government will win with majority because women, children and people of all sections have benefitted under this government. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s ‘double engine’ government will get more than 300 votes this time. There’s no doubt in that. It’s a competition of 80:20 — BJP will get 80% of seats and other parties will get 20%.”
Network18’s Group Editor-in-Chief Rahul Joshi asked Yogi Adityanath why did he choose Gorakhpur when other towns were also being talked about. To this, the chief minister replied, “I am not a stranger to Gorakhpur. BJP is a democratic party but the party takes may factors into consideration while selecting a candidate for a constituency. I am grateful to the party and PM Narendra for choosing me from Gorakhpur for my first Assembly election.”
After filing his nomination from Gorakhpur city, chief minister Yogi Adityanath tweeted in Hindi, “Thank you very much for your energetic wishes. Under the guidance of the respected Prime Minister, BJP has got tremendous ‘Jan Vishwas’. With the blessings of the people, the BJP will win with a thumping majority.”
आपकी ऊर्जावान शुभकामनाओं हेतु हार्दिक आभार।
आदरणीय प्रधानमंत्री जी के मार्गदर्शन व आपके निर्देशन में भाजपा को प्रचंड 'जन विश्वास' प्राप्त हुआ है।
जनता-जनार्दन के आशीर्वाद से भाजपा प्रचंड बहुमत से विजयी होगी। https://t.co/DUkXtHCqxZ
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) February 4, 2022
A report in Danik Bhaskar quoted astrologer Rajendra Bahadur Srivastava as saying that by chanting the mantra of Guru Gorakhnath — ‘Om Namo Aadesh’ — the devotee gets power of mother Earth. It is believed that no power will be able to harm the devotee who chants this mantra. Additionally, the power of the mantra enhances while performing ‘Rudra Abhishek’. It is said that Yogi Adityanath full care of the planetary constellations while filing his nomination at Gorakhpur collectorate. In spite of the mist, he tried to look up and see the sun, and at 12.40 he entered the collectorate room with his right foot. Here, after completing the enrollment process within 15 minutes, he went back, the report stated.
Devotees say that after chanting ‘Shabar Mantra’, Lord Hanuman himself protects the seeker. But one must keep in mind that the mantra is chanted properly and in order, only then it is beneficial. It is said that the mantra was written by Lord Shiv but it was the Shiva devotees of Guru Gorakhnath through whom people got to know about the mantra.
Before filing his nomination papers in Gorakhpur city, chief minister Yogi Adityanath meditated at Gorakhnath temple for a long time, while performing ‘Rudra Abhishek’ and chanting mantras. He worshipped the guru of Gorakhnath temple, where he is the ‘mahant’. The mantra Yogi Adityanath chanted is said to be the ‘Shabar Mantra’ of Lord Hanuman. Devotees believes that enemies cannot defeat you if you chant this mantra.
Amit Shah said that in Uttar Pradesh, CM Yogi Adityanath established the rule of law. “Mafia like Atiq Ahmed and Mukhtar Ansari are in jail. Yogi Adityanath has established good governance in Uttar Pradesh,” he said. The Union home minister further said that when he had come to Gorakhpur in 2013 before the Lok Sabha elections, people asked whether the party would be able to reach double digits. Today, the opposition is in the same condition. BJP is going to repeat history in Uttar Pradesh, he added.
Home Minister Amit Shah said that once upon a time Gorakhpur was considered a hiding place for the mafia of UP-Bihar. Today in the development of Uttar Pradesh, Gorakhpur means: G – Ganga Expressway, O – Organic Agriculture, R – Road, A – AIIMS, K, H – Fertilizer Factory P, U – Purvanchal Expressway R – Regional Medical Center.
Yogi Adityanath, in his election affidavit, declared assets worth Rs 1,54,94,054. This includes cash in hand, balance of six bank accounts and savings. The Uttar Pradesh chief minister also declared that he owns a Samsung mobile phone worth Rs 12,000, a revolver worth Rs 1,00,000 and a rifle worth Rs 80,000. According to a report in India Today, the affidavit also states that Yogi Adityanath owns a gold ear ornament weighing 20 grams worth Rs 49,000 and a gold chain and Rudraksha neck ornament weighing 10 grams worth Rs 20,000. In his affidavit, Yogi Adityanath has declared income of Rs 13,20,653 in FY 2020-21, income of Rs 15,68,799 in FY 2019-20, income of Rs 18,27,639 in FY 2018-19 and income of Rs 14,38,670 for FY 2017-18.
This is the first time Yogi Adityanath, who has represented Gorakhpur in the Lok Sabha for five terms, is contesting an assembly election. Voting in Gorakhpur Urban seat will be held in the sixth phase of the UP polls on March 3.
CM Yogi Adityanath spoke to News18 after filing his nomination papers at the collectorate in Gorakhpur. He is all set to contest from Gorakhpur city assembly constituency (number 322). He was accompanied by a group of senior Bharatiya Janata Party workers, including state president Swatantra Dev Singh, and Union ministers Amit Shah and Dharmendra Pradhan, whom he had received at the airport. Earlier in the day, the chief minister performed ‘puja’ at Gorakhnath temple.
CM Yogi, along with the three leader, arrived around 12:45pm to room number 24 in the collectorate to filed his papers. Before filing the nomination, the leaders had addressed a gathering, where the chief minister had announced that BJP’s election manifesto will be released on February 6 (Sunday). He said that his government has worked for the security, women empowerment, jobs for youths, development of the state. “Last government had only given ‘mafia’ and ‘gundaraj’. Our government has ended it and given security to the people. Today, mafias are forced to migrate from UP, and youths who used to migrate to other states are now staying back to work here,” CM Yogi said.
Among people who came forward to propose Yogi’s name from Gorakhpur City were chief of Ravidas temple Vishwanath, educationist Mankeshwar Pandey, doctor Manglesh Srivastava and businessman Surendra Agarwal. This selection of proposers is being seen as an act to balance the caste equation. The four are from Dalit, Brahmin, Kayastha and Vaishya castes and hold considerable clout within Gorakhpur.
Amid heavy police deployment, a large number of party workers and supporters gathered near the Kutchery Crossing to welcome the chief minister. However, the supporters were not allowed inside the collectorate compound. According to local reports, no official protocol was accorded to the chief minister and senior officials did not receive him at the gates of the collectorate. Officials were quoted as saying that CM Yogi visited the collectorate as a candidate and no special treatment can be granted as a model code of conduct is in place.
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