New Delhi, June 28: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath criticised Mughal emperor Aurangzeb for torturing Kashmir Pandits and forcibly changing their religion. Addressing a gathering in Lucknow on Wednesday, Adityanath said, “When Aurangzeb began torturing Kashmiri Pandits, to free themselves, a group of Kashmiri Pandits met Guru Tegh Bahadur in Delhi and told him about their sufferings and how they were being forcibly converted.” Also Read - Kanpur: Two Dead After Part of 4-storey Building Collapses Due to Heavy Rains

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited Banjara Samaj rally in Lucknow on Wednesday. He criticised the policies of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb and said that Kashmir Pandits fled to Delhi to escape from his torture. Also Read - Major Power Blackout in Uttar Pradesh From Wednesday, Probe Ordered

Hitting back at Narendra Modi for criticising former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for imposing the 1975 Emergency, the Grand Old Party had said that the former is crueller than the Mughal ruler Aurangzeb, adding that he has made BJP and democracy prisoners.

“Delhi sultanate ke Aurangzeb se bhi zyada kroor tanashah Modi ji ne desh ko 43 saal pehle ke aapatkal (Emergency) ka paath padhaya. Kya Congress par bhadaas nikaalne se Modi ji ke jumlon pe parda dal sakta hai? (Modi ji, who is crueller than Delhi Sultanate’s Aurangzeb, has taught the country a lesson on Emergency which was declared 43 years ago. Will removing frustration on Congress help veil Modi ji’s empty promises? Aurangzeb had only made his father a prisoner. But Modi has made his party and the democracy prisoners),” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala while addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The Congress’ reaction came after PM Modi described the 1975 Emergency as a ‘dark period’ that the nation could never forget. The party likening PM Modi to Aurangzeb seems to be a reaction on Union Minister Arun Jaitley comparing former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi with Adolf Hitler, saying that both the leaders turned democracy into a dictatorship.