New Delhi: A week after Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav posted pictures of a bald man clad in saffron clothes accompanying him and announced that the ‘baba’ will be touring the state with him, Yadav on Saturday brought one such ‘baba’ on stage at a Lucknow rally.

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The man identified as Suresh Thakur alias Yodha was clad in saffron clothes and sported a clean-shaven look- just like Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. He came on stage in the middle of Yadav’s speech and waved at the crowd.

While he greeted and waved at the supporters, Akhilesh Yadav attacked the incumbent BJP government in state and mounted an attack on Adityanath for the encounters that took place under his eye. “UP main thoko niti chalane wale bhi hain. Batao yahan pe shiksha mitra thuke the ya nahi thuke the?Koi nahi bacha hai jo na thuka ho.Batao thoka gaya ya nahi thoka gaya?Isliye hum kehna chahte hain ki sirf chowkidaar ko hi nahi thokidaar ko bhi hatana hai.” (UP has those who run an ‘encounter government’… You just don’t have to vote out the Chowkidars but also these encounter specialists.)

The Adityanath-led BJP government in UP had come under severe criticism for passing orders to gun down several suspected notorious criminals, they thought were running amock in the state. There was little or no reportage on these police encounters and many raised concerns on the BJP regime only hunting down Muslims.

Yogi Adityanath, on the other hand, had harped how he wiped criminals off the face of Uttar Pradesh.

On May 4, Akhilesh had tweeted in Hindi, “We could not get a fake God but we got a Baba. He has left Gorakhpur and will now tell everyone the truth about this government.”

Incidentally, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath wears a saffron robe and has a clean-shaven head- just like the ‘Baba’ in Akhilesh Yadav’s picture. The incumbent CM is a five-time MP from the Gorakhpur constituency.