Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday took a dig at Rahul Gandhi’s temple visits, saying the Congress vice-president did not even know how to sit properly in a temple.

Uss bechare ko yeh tak nahi maloom hai ki mandir mein kaise baitha jata hai.  [Poor fellow does not even know how to sit properly in a temple.) When he visited the Kashi Vishwanath Mandir [in Varanasi], he sat like he was performing namaz. The priest had to tell him that this is a temple, not a mosque,” Mr. Adityanath said in response to a question at the Shikhar Sammelan organised in Lucknow by ABP News.

Mr. Adityanath termed the Congress’s recent overtures to temples pretence. He said it was under the UPA government that an affidavit was filed in the Supreme Court saying that gods Rama and Krishna were imaginary.

“If they are imaginary, then what is Rahul Gandhi doing in temples? I am equally amused and saddened when he visits temples,” Mr. Adityanath said. The CM also joked about Mr. Gandhi’s impending promotion to Congress chief, saying it was a pathway to a “Congress mukt Bharat.”

“Congress is fulfilling Gandhiji’s dreams. To fulfill the dream of Congress-muktBharat, it is necessary to have Rahul Gandhi,” he said.

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