A day before the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections, a letter doing the rounds allegedly by the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind sees the group issuing a directive asking Muslims to vote for SP, BSP and RLD gathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh.
While the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind is yet to deny the letter at the time of publishing, its contents see it backing all the eight candidates of the gathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh.
The kind of religious communal polarisation that is witnessed in the alleged JeI Hind letter had also been seen days earlier when Mayawati openly asked the Muslim community to vote for the gathbandhan rather than for the Congress.
While addressing a rally in Deoband in Saharanpur she had given a polarising speech where she appealed to Muslim voters to vote for the BSP-SP coalition (with RLD in tow) and not the Congress saying that the party led by Gandhis cannot fight the BJP.
"I want to tell the Muslim community to not let their votes divide. I ask you to vote together for BSP, SP and RLD. I'm warning, especially people of Muslim community, that Congress isn't in a position to fight BJP in UP. Only 'gathbandhan' can fight BJP. Congress knows this but they're going by mantra 'Hum jeete ya na jeete, gathbandhan nahi jeetna chahiye'. Therefore Congress party has fielded candidates from such castes and religion which will benefit BJP. Therefore I am warning members of Muslim community," she said.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath also made a communal statement on Tuesday when he accused the Congress, SP, BSP, and RLD of spreading the 'green virus'.
While delivering his poll speech in Meerut which goes to polls on April 11, CM Yogi Adityanath accused the Congress and the gathbandhan of targeting the Muslim community as a vote-bank. He said:
"They want to throw a green virus to engulf the nation. West Uttar Pradesh need not come under the effect of this green virus. In East Uttar Pradesh we have alrready wiped out the virus, now in the West we will demolish Congress', SP's, BSP's, RLD's 'green virus' from here."