Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has drawn flak from Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) for his comment that 15th-century Vaishnavite saint Srimanta Sankardeva was “fighting against infiltrators” at that time.

Saying that the APCC is “amazed at the statement” of chief minister Yogi Adityanath, the Assam Congress said, “This proves how much they know about the culture” which they are going to protect.

“While Yogi ji talks about a much revered 15th century Saint Sri Srimanta Sankardeva fighting against infiltrators he should know exactly what Srimanta Sankardeva fought against,” the APCC said in a statement issued by Bobbeeta Sharma, the chairperson of the media department.

APCC said Srimanta Sankardeva stood against the exploitation of people by those, who followed the ideologies and dogmas, laid down by ‘Manusmriti’ and also idol worship.

The renowned saint believed in “assimilation of society and was fighting against caste system”.

Yogi Adityanath, a star campaigner of BJP for the ensuing Assam Assembly elections, campaigned in Rangia, Kalaigaon and Hojai on Wednesday.

“Yogi needs lessons in history as does the PM who said Lachit Barphukan was a freedom fighter whereas Lachit Barphukan was an Ahom General who fought the famous battle of Saraighat in 1671,” the statement said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 12, 2021 said ‘freedom fighters from Assam and Northeast like Gomdhar Konwar, Lachit Borphukan and Serat Sing’ have contributed to the independence of the country.

The Prime Minister made this serious mistake while speaking during the inauguration of the ‘Padyatra’ (Freedom March) from Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad and curtain raiser activities of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ (India@75).

“The BJP keeps talking about Srimanta Sankardeva and Bir Lachit Barphukan at the drop of a hat yet they do not know who they were or what they stood for,” the APCC said.

Saying that the BJP just talks in the air and thinks that the people of Assam do not notice anything, it added, “They are trying to impose Nagpur culture on the Assamese people and the people of Assam know very well how Nagpur culture can engulf and destroy Assamese culture.”

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