Senior Maharashtra Congress leader and former MP, Hussain Dalwai, has made a controversial statement against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister over his ‘saffron outfit’, saying that the latter should wear modern clothes.
“Don’t talk about religion every day, do not wear saffron clothes, and become a little modern. Embrace modern ideas,” Dalwai said.
Coming down heavily on UP CM who is on two days visit to Mumbai to draw domestic investors ahead of the Global Investors Summit to be held in Lucknow next month, the Congress leader said that Yogi should develop new industries in his own state instead of taking industries from Maharashtra.
“Maharashtra has provided good facilities for industry. So instead of taking industries from Maharashtra, you should develop new industries in the state. Create an environment to allow them to thrive,” Dalwai said while talking to the reporters on Wednesday.
He further said that UP CM should embrace some modernity as the industry is a symbol of modernity.
Committed to making Uttar Pradesh one trillion-dollar economy and having successfully completed roadshows abroad to invite foreign investors to the Global Investors Summit (GIS 2023) and introduce them to the opportunities available in various sectors in the state through his team of ministers and officials, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has himself taken charge now to bring massive domestic investments to the state.
The Chief Minister will start the domestic roadshows from Mumbai, the financial capital of the country today, meeting the country’s leading tycoons and bankers as well as prominent film personalities in the context of the upcoming Film City in Noida.
BJP’s Ram Kadam hit out at Dalwar over his remarks and asked why Congress leaders and their party have so much hatred for the saffron colour, which he said is the “sacred color of the Hindu religion”.
“Why do Congress leaders and their party have so much hatred for the saffron, the sacred color of the Hindu religion? Saffron is not only the color of our flag and the dress of our sages and saints but it is a symbol of sacrifice, service, knowledge, purity and spirituality,” Ram Kadam tweeted.
Maharashtra BJP MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar slammed Congress over its leader’s ‘hatred’ towards CM Yogi. “This is the old practice of Congress. The Congress which divided the whole country, partitioned the country on religious lines and after independence, it indulged in the appeasement of Muslims. Not only, Maharashtra Congress people always flourished on the basis of hatred for the Uttar Bharatiya and Bihari and all the state people. And that’s why they are making such a statement against Uttar Pradesh’s successful Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.”
Priyanka Gandhi Insults Yogi For Wearing Saffron
This is not the first time when the Congress has attacked Yogi over his saffron attire. Earlier, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had attacked Yogi and said, “He wears the dress (vastra) of an yogi. He wears saffron clothes. This bhagwa (saffron) is not yours, it belongs to ‘dhaarmik’ (religious), ‘aadhyaatmik’ (spiritual) tradition of Hindustan.”
“It is a symbol of the Hindu religion. Us dharma ko dhaaran kariye (adopt that religion). In that religion, there is no place for anger, violence and revenge. This is all I have to say,” she added.
Responding to her comments, Yogi’s office hit back, asserting that he wore saffron robe for “public service after sacrificing everything”. In a Hindi tweet, the CM’s Office’ @myogioffice said, “Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has worn saffron for public service (Mukhyamantri Shri @myogiadityanath jee ne bhagwaa lok seva ke liye dhaaran kiyaa hai) after sacrificing everything else.” “He not only wears saffron, but also represents it. The saffron-coloured dress is for public welfare and nation-building and Yogiji is a traveller (pathik) on that path,” the tweet said.
Another Hindi tweet said, “Whosoever creates hinderance to the continuous ‘yagya’ of the ‘sanyasi’ (seer) for public service and public welfare, will face punishment (Sanyasi ki lok seva aur jan kalyan ke nirantar jaari yagya mein jo bhi baadhaa utpann karega, usse dandit hona hi padhega).”
It is noteworthy that in December, under the guidance of CM Yogi, eight delegations of ministers and senior officials visited 21 cities in 16 countries and received investment proposals worth Rs 7.12 lakh crore.
The roadshows in nine Indian cities, which starts today, are a continuation of that exercise.
As per the schedule of CM Yogi, before and after the roadshow, will also have one-to-one meetings with various industrialists. This meeting will be on the basis of Business to Government (B2G). (With Inputs from ANI)