Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was welcomed with bulldozers and chants of “bulldozer baba” and “Jai Shree Ram” as he arrived in Gujarat’s Morbi on Saturday. He was campaigning for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly election in Morbi’s Wankaner.
During the bulldozer rally, Hindutva party workers chanted anti-Muslim slogans. They hailed Yogi’s demolition policies, saying “Yogigi should repeat it towards Mullas (Muslims).”
While campaigning for the BJP, the Hindutva figure mentioned Ram Mandir and the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Would Ram Mandir be standing today if it was Congress rule? Narendra Modi ji and Amit Shah discarded Article 370 from Kashmir,” said Yogi Adityanath.
Three JCBs were parked at the entrance of Yogi Adiyanath’s meeting venue in Morbi as a BJP worker Hiren Parekh introduced Adityanath as “bulldozer baba”—an apparent reference to his government’s drive to free properties of Muslims and other marginalized groups.
In recent years, bulldozers have become a weapon in the hands of Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governments across India to destroy the homes and livelihoods of the Muslim community.
CM Adityanath is often dubbed “bulldozer baba” (bulldozer monk) by the right-wing media for his policy of demolishing the homes of those who protest against the government.