Criticising the previous UPA government over its way to deal with terrorism, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Tuesday asked Congress President Rahul Gandhi what was his "relation with Ishrat Jahan", who was killed in an alleged fake encounter by the Gujarat Police in 2004. Gandhi had told the US ambassador that people of India are a "bigger threat" to the country than Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group, the chief minister alleged while addressing a rally in Ghatlodiya area under the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency.
"What is your relation with Ishrat Jahan, a terrorist? When Rahul Gandhi met the US ambassador, he told him that the people of India, and not Jaish-e-Mohammad, are a bigger threat to our country," alleged Adityanath.
He further attacked the brother-sister duo and said Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi visit temples only around elections.
In an apparent reference to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's recently concluded Ganga Yatra from Prayagraj to Varanasi during which she visited several temples, Adityanath said, "When they learned that over 24 crore people took part in Kumbh mela (held in Prayagraj recently), the new generation (of the Congress) also dropped by."
He said Gujarat had first exposed Rahul Gandhi when he had visited the Somnath temple in 2017.
Referring to Priyanka Gandhi upcoming visit to Ayodhya, the BJP leader alleged that Congress leaders who do not believe in the existence of Lord Ram are now talking about visiting his birth place.
The chief minister also slammed the Rahul Gandhi-led party over its promise to roll out the minimum income guarantee scheme for the poor, if voted back to power.
"Rahul Gandhi now says that his party will eradicate poverty from the country. The Congress should first answer that why they could not do so while being in power for 55 years. The Congress can only increase poverty by making false promises," he said.