On Friday, Yogi Adityanath had tweeted, "Muslim league is a virus. It is a virus that once you are infected with it, you cannot be saved and today, the main opposition party has been infected with it."

Yogi Adityanaths remark will impact his party negatively IUML on virus comment
news Politics Saturday, April 06, 2019 - 09:34

The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) on Friday reacted strongly to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s tweet in which he referred to the Muslim League as a “virus” which had "infected" the Congress. Responding to the UP CM, PK Kunhalikutty, the IUML state General Secretary, said that Yogi Adityanath’s remarks "will impact his own party negatively."

According to a report by the Times of India, Kunhalikutty said that the IUML is a secular party which has been part of the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) for decades.

Meanwhile the state opposition leader, Ramesh Chennithala also lashed out at the UP CM for inciting communal tensions. As per the TOI report, Chennithala was quoted saying, “A leader like Adityanath who won the polls by dividing people in the name of caste and religion can never accept a party like Muslim League which has always tried to uphold harmony.” Chennithala went on to add that Yogi Adityanath does not know the fact that IUML is a party with people like "Panakkad Syed Muhammed Ali Shihab Thangal, who had travelled across the country spreading messages of peace when Babri Masjid was demolished."

MK Muneer, the Deputy leader of the opposition in Kerala, in a statement on Friday said that Yogi Adityanath and his ideologies are a major virus that the country must resist and defeat. Muneer went on to point out that Adityanath’s “virus” remark is an attempt to retaliate against those people who oppose him by spreading false news and information.

Yogi Adityanath in a tweet on Friday morning said, “Muslim league is a virus. It is a virus that once you are infected with it, you cannot be saved and today, the main opposition party has been infected with it. Think about it, what will happen if they win? This virus will spread throughout the country.”

In yet another tweet, he went on to add, “In the freedom struggle of 1857, the entire country, along with Mangal Pandey, fought against the British and then this Muslim League virus came and our country was divided,” said Adityanath in his tweet. “Today again that danger looms over us. Green flags are being waved again. Congress has gotten infected with the Muslim League virus, be careful.” 

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