Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday said that "Festivals don't obstruct the voting process". Yogi Adityanath's statement came after Trinamool Congress leader and Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim on Sunday said the lengthy schedule of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, will be arduous for those observing Ramzan in the states of Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. Ramzan, observed by Muslims as a month of fasting, will likely coincide with the seven-phase election schedule.
Referring to the same, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister took to Twitter and wrote: "Muslims should observe Ramzan, who is stopping them? Festivals are a part of India's constitution. All day you can campaign and on the voting day you can cast your vote. Festivals don't obstruct the voting process".
Earlier, Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday said that opposition leaders were looking for an excuse to justify their impending defeat in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls by raking up the Ramzan controversy.
"The opposition leaders are making excuses because they know they are going to lose the ensuing Lok Sabha elections. He who does not know how to dance, complains that the stage is uneven. Why are they bothered? They should not divert the people's attention unnecessarily," he said.
Moreover, the Election Commission had slammed the Opposition for questioning the dates of 2019 polls, while raising Ramzan matter. Highly placed sources told Republic TV that the commission condemned such statements which can hurt the religious sentiments of the people.