The Gorakhnath mutt’s religious head will then travel to the Devi Patan temple in Gonda. On Thursday, the last day of his gag order, he will be in Varanasi where he is expected to visit the Sankat Mochan temple.
On Tuesday also, Yogi invoked the Lord Hanuman at every step to defend his Bajrangbali remark. He spent half an hour at Lucknow’s famous Hanuman Setu temple, taking part in a puja barely an hour before Union home minister and BJP neta Rajnath Singh visited the temple prior to filing his nomination.
Officials in the chief minister’s office said, “Our faith in lord Hanuman is strong. We believe in him and therefore the CM is visiting his temples.” He offered an explanation that as Yogi had been “penalised for taking Hanuman’s name”, he had made it a point to visit famous temples dedicated to the deity to send a larger message to his followers. “He has only been banned from speaking or writing, but nobody can stop him from visiting temples. The CM is only establishing his faith in Hanumanji,” a BJP functionary said.
Last week, in response to BSP chief Mayawati’s appeal to Muslims to not split their votes between the alliance and Congress, Yogi said if the alliance was relying on Ali, BJP had Bajrangbali on its side. Both were penalised by EC for violating model of conduct by seeking votes on communal lines.