Yogi Adityanath’s Dig At Rahul Gandhi In Farewell Speech In Parliament

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Yogi Adityanath, the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, made a farewell speech today in parliament, where he has been a member for five straight terms. While praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi effusively, he slipped in a dig at Rahul Gandhi, who was not in the house.

“I am a year younger than Rahul Gandhi and a year older than Akhilesh Yadav. I came between their jodi (alliance). That is why they failed in UP,” the saffron-robed politician quipped in the Lok Sabha.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, not about to let that pass without a rebuttal, said, “I congratulate you for coming to power, I urge you to maintain the propriety of your chair.”

Two days after taking over as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath arrived in the middle of a debate to chants of “Jai Sri Ram” and “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and loud-desk thumping from members of the ruling BJP. On his request, his name was added to the list of speakers.

“When I came to this house for the first time, I was 26 and skinny,” he shared, drawing laughter and a mild interjection from Speaker Sumitra Maharan – “You are not that fat even now…”

In what was largely thanksgiving after being assigned charge of India’s biggest and most important state, Yogi Adityanath pledged to follow PM Modi’s model of development.

“PM Modi has emerged as an icon and set an example in the world,” he said, adding that “the PM remained steadfast on his commitment to run a government for the poor, for the farmers, without any discrimination.”

Promising a “corruption-free, incident-free” state of the PM’s dreams, Adityanath said, “You are all welcome to UP.”

This morning, Yogi Adityanath met the Prime Minister, BJP Chief Amit Shah and also President Pranab Mukherjee.

Yogi Adityanath was sworn in on Sunday, days after the BJP scored a massive victory in the Uttar Pradesh election. His meetings with leaders in Delhi featured consultations on ministries in UP.

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