Yogi Adityanath downgrades Muslim invaders
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has stirred a hornet's nest by saying that Mughal ruler Akbar was a Turk who couldn't be trusted. In a recent speech, the saffron leader also eulogized Maharana Pratap for wresting his forts from Akbar.
"Akbar asked Maharana Pratap to accept him as 'badshah' and that then he won't interfere in his kingdom Mewar. Maharana Pratap said we can't accept a 'vidharmi' and a foreigner as our ruler. Maharana proved it wasn't Akbar, but he who was great, by winning back his forts," Yogi has said. The Hindu Nationalist leader also praised Maharana's "exemplary courage" in the speech.
Yogi's comments have been seen as an attempt to reach out to the BJP's Hindutva constituency across the country.