LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has stirred a fresh controversy by refusing to wear the skull-cap at the mausoleum of revered poet-saint Kabir at Maghar town in Sant Kabir Nagar district.
The firebrand BJP leader had paid a visit to the mausoleum of revered poet-saint Kabir on Wednesday.
During the visit, the 'khadim' or the chief servant of the mausoleum tried to put the skull cap on the head of the UP chief minister but Yogi Adityanath declined to wear it.
The entire incident was captured on the camera and shared on the social media.
Here is the video of Yogi Adityanath refusing to wear skull-cap in Maghar.
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The UP CM's refusal to wear the skull cap may not go down well with the Muslim community, which the BJP is trying to connect with ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
However, this is not the first time that the saint-politician has refused to wear a skull-cap. Both Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in past politely refused to wear the skull-cap offered to them by their supporters from the minority community.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Kabir’s mausoleum on Thursday on the occasion of the 500th death anniversary of the poet-saint.
The UP Chief Minister visited the shrine to take stock of the preparedness at the mausoleum ahead of PM Modi's visit.
Yogi’s refusal to wear the skull cap has evoked sharp criticism from the Opposition parties like the Congress and the Samajwadi Party.
During a recent Iftar party, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had also refused to oblige a Muslim supporter who offered him a skull-cap.
Consequently, Rahul was criticised by the BJP which said that Congress party's appeasement of Muslims is just an eye-wash and politically motivated.