Keeping the political rivalry at bay, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today paid a visit to the cowshed in Lucknow’s Kahna Upvan on the invitation of Aparna Yadav, daughter-in-law of Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The cowshed is run by Aparna Yadav's NGO 'Jeev Ashray'. CM Adityanath was accompanied by Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma, along with Aparna Yadav and her husband Prateek Yadav.
Last week, Aparna Yadav and Prateek Yadav had met CM Adityanath – a meeting described as a ‘courtesy call’ by the officials.
Greeting the newly-elected CM with peach roses, Aparna and Prateek had spent about 30 minutes with the UP CM.
The meeting raised many eyebrows because during the poll campaigns the BJP had made personal attacks on SP by targeting Pateek and his businesses.
Aparna, also known as the ‘chhoti bahu’ in the Yadav family, had unsuccessfully contested the polls from Lucknow Cantt against BJP’s Rita Bahuguna Joshi. She had tied the knot with Prateek (28 )in 2011, who is a businessman and Mulayam’s younger son from his second wife.
This was not the first time Aparna’s bracketing with the BJP has drawn media attention. In past, the 26-year-old had openly admired Prime Minister Narendra Modi, raising questions within the family members. She was even seen clicking a selfie with PM Modi at a family function in October last year.
Aparna is the brand ambassador of ‘B-Aware’ campaign of an NGO to educate women about their rights, laws meant for their safety and self-defence techniques. The drive focuses on making women aware about the police system, so that they do not hesitate in approaching cops when required.