On February 27, Akhilesh Yadav, the head of the Samajwadi Party (SP), declared that the people of Uttar Pradesh have decided to send ‘Babaji’ back to his’math,’ presumably alluding to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Mr. Adityanath, a five-time member of the Gorakhpur Legislative Assembly, is the mahant of the Gorakhnath Math.
“Today voting is being held for the fifth round and everyone has decided to send ‘Babaji’ back to his’math,'” Mr. Yadav said at a rally in Gorakhpur’s Chillupar constituency in support of SP candidate Vinay Shankar Tiwari.
“Babaji did not give you laptop because he does not know how to operate it,” the SP head remarked at another event in Deoria. He doesn’t even know how to operate a smartphone. How can a Chief Minister administer the State if he doesn’t know how to use a computer and doesn’t comprehend the value of computers and smart phones?” Mr. Yadav alleged that at BJP meetings, there are no crowds and that chairs are spread out to give the impression of a large attendance.
“Seeing you all, I can declare that SP is going to establish the next Government in the State,” he said, pointing to the audience. Mr. Yadav cited farmers’ strength, claiming that they drove the BJP administration to repeal the “black” farm regulations.
“Farmers would not forgive them [BJP] this time for their deeds,” the SP leader remarked, referring to a BJP candidate’s sit-ups in Sonbhadra.