New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday announced on the floor of the UP Assembly that he is ‘devout Hindu’ and does not celebrate Eid.Speaking on the thanksgiving motion on Governor’s address, the Chief Minister took a dig at the AICC President Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party leaders who sport sacred thread and then wear a cap to pay obeisance at both religious places for political gains. “I am devout Hindu and don’t celebrate Eid. Why should I celebrate Eid when I take pride in my own religion? I am not one of those who sport sacred thread (Janeu) and at the same time wear cap (Muslim topi) and kneel down to offer prayers,” quipped Chief Minister in reply to Leader of Opposition Ram Govind Chowdhary’s query.
Earlier, this question was posed by media when he had gone to Mathura to celebrate famous Barsana Holi along with his Cabinet colleagues. Yogi Adityanth had briefly replied then but today when the question was raised again by the opposition he elaborated his views personal and his government views on Hindu religion and festivals vis a vis Eid. “But this did not mean that I have ever stopped people of other religion and faith to celebrate their own festivals. My government would always extend support to those celebrating Eid and other festivals peacefully,” he added. “This year Holi coincided with Jumah Namaj and I directed my officers to appeal Imams for shifting timings of Jumah Namaj for facilitating Hindus to play colours. Holi comes once in a year but Jumah Namaj is offered 52 times. I thank Muslim religious leaders that accepted my appeal and shifted timings of the Jumah Namaj,” the Chief Minister said further.