Ramgarh/Arwal/Karakat: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday forayed into the Bihar campaign, where he asked people to vote the NDA back to power, drawing upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mass appeal and the BJP’s ability to “walk the talk on Ayodhya, Kashmir and Pakistan-sponsored terrorism”.
Adityanath visited three assembly segments with back-to-back rallies on the first day of his campaign in the poll-bound state, commencing his speeches with ‘Vande Mataram’ and signing off with chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’.
Adityanath also made it a point to ask the voters to cast their ballots only for adhikrit (authorised) NDA candidates and help Nitish Kumar return as the chief minister, in line with the stance adopted by the BJP in the wake of LJP chief Chirag Paswan walking away from the alliance and fielding candidates against the JD(U).
The Hindutva hardliner said that under Modi’s leadership, the BJPs old promise of revoking Article 370 has been achieved in Kashmir and Pakistan was made to realise that “it can no longer sponsor terrorism on Indian soil”.
He also praised Prime Minister Modi for presiding over the foundation laying ceremony for the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
The Uttar Pradesh chief minister, whose rallies were held in central Bihar, tormented by clashes between Maoist groups and private militias of landlords till a couple of decades ago, alleged that the electoral tie-up of the RJD- Congress combine with ultra-Left CPI(ML) indicates they want to bring back the old days of frequent “ghastly massacres”.