The cartoon tweeted out by the UP BJP's official handle on Dussehra | Photo: Twitter | @BJP4UP
The cartoon tweeted out by the UP BJP's official handle on Dussehra | Photo: Twitter | @BJP4UP
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New Delhi: To mark the festival of Dussehra, the Uttar Pradesh BJP has depicted Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as Lord Ram.

The party’s UP unit Friday tweeted out a cartoon, in which Yogi, holding a bow and arrow, is taking aim at a 10-headed Ravana, with nine of the heads bearing the name of a different social evil.

The post accompanying the cartoon read: “Evil is coming to an end in UP. The attack of Yogi government on corruption, gundaraj, scams, crime, jungle raj, rigging, appeasement, corona, forcible conversion.”

Harsh Srivastava, spokesperson of the UP BJP, said: “Ravana is considered evil, and corruption, crime, gundaraj are also evils of the society. So, symbolically, the chief minister can be seen targeting them.”

He added: “Since the beginning, the chief minister has been making efforts and running a drive to eliminate corruption, crime from the state. Social media and portrayal of issues through cartoons are an important way to disseminate information without even saying much.”

However, Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate hit out at the BJP for portraying Yogi Adityanath as akin to Lord Ram.

“It is brazen for the UP CM to pose as Lord Ram. Ram is a symbol of faith, dignity, justice and the truth. The Uttar Pradesh government is saddled with the very demons that Yogi Adityanath is shown to be flaying in the cartoon,” Shrinate said.

“From injustice to subjugation to crime against women to an entire reign of fear and terror, the CM is answerable to the people, and instead of respecting public opinion, he is today standing with those who mowed down farmers in UP. The people of the state will give a befitting reply to his misgovernance,” she added.

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Cartoons used before to counter opposition

This is not the first time that the BJP in Uttar Pradesh has used cartoons as an election strategy to counter the opposition.

According to a senior BJP leader, the cartoons are part of a series being posted from the UP BJP’s official handle ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections next year.

Just three days before, UP BJP Twitter handle had attacked Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra by accusing her of donning a Hindu “disguise”.

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