Mumbai: Sangh Parivar desperately tried to make Hindutva a political issue ahead of the Assembly Elections held in 5 states before the 2019 parliamentary election. The Babri Masjid issue was raked up and it was trying to polarize the voters by organising Dharam Sabhas one after another.
Besides Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath was also roped in as a star campaigner. The purpose behind all this was to incite religious sentiments and persuade the majority community to vote in favour of BJP. But the 3 states of Hindi belt Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh strictly rejected the policy.
Looking at the poll results, it is observed that interestingly, BJP could not benefit much in assembly constituencies where Yogi Adityanath staged rallies. Earlier during Karnataka assembly elections also Yogi Adityanath was fielded as the star campaigner but the BJP could not rout Congress from power.
During the Assembly elections of the five states, Yogi Adityanath addressed 74 rallies in 4 states. 26 rallies in Rajasthan, 23 in Chhattisgarh, 17 in Madhya Pradesh and 8 in Telangana. However, the language used at all the four places drew flak not only from the opposition but from justice loving people of the country as well.