Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed his support for Hindu groups’ claims over the shrines in Varanasi and Mathura. He is particularly pleased with the recent opening of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Adityanath has been critical of previous governments, accusing them of neglecting the development of temple towns and demanding rights over medieval Islamic structures.
During a recent address in the legislative assembly, Adityanath invoked Lord Krishna from the Mahabharata, drawing parallels between the Pandavas’ request for land and the contemporary claims over Ayodhya, Kashi, and Mathura as centres of faith for Hindus.
The recent developments in the Gyanvapi mosque case, where Hindu prayers resumed after a long hiatus following a court order, were also mentioned by Adityanath, underscoring his government’s stance on religious matters.
Furthermore, Adityanath criticised opposition parties for what he perceives as their obstruction of the Ram temple construction and their alleged glorification of historical invaders for political gain. He lamented the lack of development in Ayodhya during previous administrations, highlighting the need for infrastructural improvements and citing projects worth ₹31,000 crore aimed at revitalising the city.
Adityanath reiterated the importance of resolving disputes through dialogue or legal channels, emphasizing that diverting attention from genuine issues faced by the common people should be avoided.