Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday thanked Muslim clerics for shifting the timing of ‘namaz’ prayers in order to avoid any clash with Holi revellers.
“I want to thank the Muslim clerics for changing the time of ‘Jumma Namaz’ for Holi. Jummah (Friday noon prayer) comes 52 times in a year and Holi comes once. They (clerics) decided to reschedule the namaz after Holi. The festival went off peacefully,” he said while addressing public meetings ahead of the Gorakhpur bypoll.
“People were apprehensive as Holi and Jummah were on the same day, but Hindu brothers celebrated Holi peacefully. Riots had taken place in earlier years when people used to come out of mosques after offering prayers and Hindus used to play Holi, but this time round everything went off peacefully,” the chief minister said.
Attacking the previous Samajwadi party government for “honouring” people who instigated riots, Adityanath said, “During the previous government, especially on Holi, riots were common …innocent people faced the brunt while the wrong-doers were honoured”.
Continuing his attack on the coming together of SP and BSP for the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha bypolls, he said “The BJP is on its way to ensure development. We will usher in investment worth crores of rupees in the state in one year”.
“When they (BSP-SP) felt that chances of loot have become difficult, they shook hands…thieves became brothers (chor chor mausere bhai),” he said at a meeting in Ghaghsara.