AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday said that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s statement on ‘surya namaskar’ being similar to ‘namaaz’ was aimed at fooling Muslims and it would not work.
Owaisi also alleged that instead of addressing issues like loss of employment due to action against slaughterhouses in the state, Adityanath was making statements that “won’t have any impact whatsoever.” Owaisi said the primary duty of the chief minister was to do justice.
Adityanath had recently said ‘surya namaskar’ was similar to ‘namaaz’ offered by Muslims and those opposing the yogic exercise wanted to divide the society on religious lines.
Owaisi also slammed the decision to shut down illegal slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh. “Fifteen lakh people are engaged in the profession of selling and distributing meat and the action against slaughterhouses is putting their employment in jeopardy. Why isn’t he (Adityanath) addressing that? Instead of that, all these statements (on surya namaskar) are being made. It will not have any impact whatsoever,” he said.
Owaisi alleged the food processing units engaged in meat export are also being closed in Uttar Pradesh. “Can you imagine the loss to the nation? Nearly Rs 11,000 crore worth of buffalo meat is exported (every year) from Uttar Pradesh itself.”