Escalating the war of words between Bhartatiya Janata Party leaders and Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpai on Tuesday said he finds Ulemas stinking.
Bajpai’s reaction comes in the wake of Khan’s statement that it is Yogi (Adityanath), not Yoga that stinks.
Bajpai said that the Uttar Pradesh minister should not have linked yoga with religion. “If Khan finds Yogi stinking, then we find Ulemas stinking.”
He, however, later refused to water down his comment, saying his statement was only a reply to Khan and did not intend to insult anyone.
Reacting to Bajpai’s statement, Imam Umer Ilyasi, the head of the All India Imam Organization, said the UP BJP chief should know that Ulema are nationalists. “This is a time for everybody to talk as Indians,” added Imam Umer Ilyasi.
To BJP MP Yogi Adityanath’s comment that those opposing ‘Surya namaskar’ should “drown in the sea”, Khan had last week said that the saffron leader should “offer namaz to set his mind on the right track”. He further said that Surya Namaskar was a religious exercise that should not be forced upon others.
Later, Yogi Adityanath advised the Uttar Pradesh minister to perform Surya Namaskar, saying the yogic practice will stop him from making absurd statemnts.