IN POLL-BOUND UP: AMIT SHAH RAISES HINDI LANGUAGE, HINDUTVA AND TAKES JIBE AT AKHILESH YADAV FOR JINNAH COMMENT

In a two-day key visit to Uttar Pradesh that is getting ready for the 2022 polls, Union Home Minister Amit Shah raised the Hindutva narrative for the voters. He said the voters have two choices, whether to go with NJP’s Jan Dhan Yojana, Aadhaar Card and ‘mobile phones for everyone’, or ‘Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Mohammad Azam Khan and Mukhtar Ansari of the Opposition. He also spoke on the Hindi language and the need to encourage it, saying that the language needs to be strengthened. He said democracy can only succeed if the language of the administration becomes Swabhasha and Rajbhasha. He also added there is no conflict between Hindi and other regional languages. “Hindi is the saheli and sakhi (friend) of all regional languages and there can never be any conflict between sakhis. They are complementary,” Ms. Shah said while speaking at the All-India Rajbhasha Conference.

 

While speaking at the state university in Azamgarh, he also took a dig at SP’s Akhilesh Yadav for his Jinnah comments. He said SP took Jinnah, Azam and Mukhtar as the choice when BJP had JAM, Aadhaar and the like. Mohammad Azam Khan is a senior SP leader and the MP from Rampur whereas Mukhtar Ansari is a BSP MLA from Mau, and seen as a ‘mafia criminal’ by the ruling party. Both leaders are currently in jail. He said Azamgarh was known for terrorism and ‘fundamentalist thinking’ under SP’s rule. 

 

Mr. Shah accused Mr. Yadav of glorifying Jinnah as the election season came near. “Is there anyone here who sees a great person in Jinnah? But Akhileshji feels so because the election season is here,”  he said on Akhilesh Yadav’s comments in a recent rally. 

 

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