Lucknow: UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday continued to be his aggressive self as he spoke exclusively to ANI. Defending his ‘Babar ki aulaad’ comment, he said he failed to understand the furore over it because one doesn’t stand on a dais to sing bhajans, one goes there to corner one’s rivals. (Catch All Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Action Here)

On Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi Vadra sharing stage with Samajwadi Party a day earlier, Yodi sought to explain the equation among the Opposition parties. He said, “SP-BSP has not named any candidate in Amethi-Raebareli. All these parties are playing the role of ‘vote katwa’ in one or the other place. They are contesting elections to cut votes, not to win. Ye dikhane ke liye alag alag hain, waise ek hain. They are contesting elections together. They couldn’t fight BJP on their own so they are contesting together.”

As far as Amethi is concerned, Yogi said, “Rahul Gandhi has not worked there as much as the number of development projects brought in by Smriti ji. The people there want a change, and Smriti ji is an option for that change.”

Speaking about the high-profile constituencies of Amethi and Rae Bareli from where Rahul and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi are contesting respectively, Yogi said, “People have hopes with BJP. Congress disappointed people of Amethi Raebareli for four generations. The kind of support BJP candidate Smriti Irani is getting in Amethi, the number of visits to Amethi she made in the last years is something which Rahul ji hasn’t done even in the past 15 years. People of Congress are themselves of the view that Congress is losing in Amethi.”

He added that Rae Bareli would be a proper contest but that seat also would be won by BJP.

The CM also sought to make light of the SP-BSP alliance and claimed that SP chief Akhilesh Yadav did not get the kind of respect an ally gets from another. “When he sits with Mayawati on the dais, he is seated on a small chair while Mayawati herself sits on a bigger one. When he goes to meet her, he is asked to keep his footwear out of the room. This is his position,” he added.

On different names of political leaders floating around as PM-probables, Yogi asked, “at least 272 seats are needed to become the PM. Only the BJP has this capacity. Those who are contesting on just 37-38 seats, can they become PM?”