It seems like the defeat of Amethi in 2019 is still stinging the former Congress president Rahul Gandhi. To show how he is hurt by the electoral defeat in Uttar Pradesh, recently the Rahul Gandhi does not like mangoes from UP but loved the ones from Andhra Pradesh. “I don’t like UP aams. I like Andhra’s. It is a matter of taste. ‘Langda’ is doable. ‘Dussheri’ is too sweet for me,” Rahul said. Just months before the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Rahul Gandhi openly saying that he does not like mangoes from the state has been considered a significant development.
Retaliation from Yogi Adityanath
श्री @RahulGandhi जी, आपका 'टेस्ट' ही विभाजनकारी है। आपके विभाजनकारी संस्कारों से पूरा देश परिचित है।
आप पर विघटनकारी कुसंस्कार का प्रभाव इस कदर हावी है कि फल के स्वाद को भी आपने क्षेत्रवाद की आग में झोंक दिया।
लेकिन ध्यान रहे कश्मीर से कन्याकुमारी तक भारत का 'स्वाद' एक है। pic.twitter.com/VMtiyNtnCY
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) July 23, 2021
Rahul’s statement about mangoes in Uttar Pradesh snowballed into a massive political storm after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath minced no words in calling him divisive for having rejected the state’s famous mangoes. Sharing the video of Rahul Gandhi where he dismissed Uttar Pradesh’s mangoes, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tweeted, “Shri Rahul Gandhi ji, your taste is divisive. The entire country is aware of your divisive upbringing. The impact of disruptive values is so strong on you that you have reduced even the taste of fruits to regionalism. But remember from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, the taste of India is one.”
On the other hand, BJP MP from Gorakhpur Ravi Kishan took a swipe at Rahul Gandhi saying he does not like the mangoes of Uttar Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh does not like Congress.
This is not first time Rahul Gandhi has criticised Uttar Pradesh
It is worth noting that this is not the first time since Rahul Gandhi’s embarrassing poll drubbing in Uttar Pradesh that he has criticised the state. Rahul had found himself embroiled in a controversy earlier as well when he compared UP unfavorably with Kerala after losing in Amethi but winning in Kerala’s Wayanad. “It is much easier to talk policy in Kerala…simple, straightforward, extremely solid political mobilisation at the grass-roots level. The system responds very quickly. It is not a political war but I love going there.
I feel happy, I feel like I have come home. There is affection, there is mutual affection,” Rahul Gandhi had said. He further added that in Uttar Pradesh, there is an utter break between communities and therefore negotiations are much more complex and much harder to undertake.
How opposition plans for upcoming elections
While Rahul Gandhi insults the produce of Uttar Pradesh, other opposition leaders are carefully preparing their parties for the forthcoming assembly elections in the state. Mayawati’s BSP is all geared to shed its Dalit-only image as it has started talking about fostering unity between Brahmins and Dalits communities. In an attempt to woo Hindus, BSP added posters with a picture of Ram Lalla along with the under-construction Ram Temple.
Will there be an alliance of SP-AIMIM?
Though Akhilesh Yadav is endeavouring to portray a pro-Hindu image to the UP masses, there are rumours going on about his possible alliance with Muslim leader Asaddudin Owaisi’s AIMIM for the upcoming polls in the state. Owaisi has announced that if the Samajwadi Party promises to make a Muslim candidate as the Deputy Chief Minister of the state, then they can think of joining hands with Akhilesh Yadav’s party. He said that if all the parties are united against the Bhartiya Janta Party and if a senior Muslim leader is made Deputy CM, then there can be an alliance with the Samajwadi Party.