Mumbai: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said BJP will retain power in the state. “80% people will move ahead with positive energy and support BJP, 20% have always opposed us and will continue to do so,” he said.
Speaking at an event organised by a news channel, the chief minister said that this election is a contest between the 80 per cent and 20 per cent population of Uttar Pradesh.
“There should be no misunderstanding here. This election will be an 80 vs 20 battle and 80 per cent of people will move ahead with positive energy and support the BJP and 20 per cent have always opposed us and will continue to do so but BJP will definitely retain power,” he said.
Many on social media, including politicians from opposition parties, have called the CM’s remarks “communal” and attempted to “polarize” Uttar Pradesh ahead of the elections.
Former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh and senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh in his tweet demanded the Election Commission to take action against Aditya for “violating the Representation of People Act”.
Previously, Yogi Adityanath has drawn criticism for his use of terms like “abba jaan” as a communal barb against Muslims and targeting Samajwadi Party Akhilesh Yadav by saying that he has created the rule of “nizam” in Uttar Pradesh.