Exuding confidence that the BJP would win Gujarat elections, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday said that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's actions are aimed at gaining "cheap popularity".
Yogi Adityanath is campaigning in Gujarat on October 13 and 14 ahead of the assembly elections in the state.
"It is an easy target for BJP as development and infrastructure work done here is a symbol of trust," he told news agency ANI when asked about BJP's target of winning 150 seats in Gujarat polls.
"Rahul Gandhi apne bachkane harkaton se aur apne sasti aur lokpriyata hasil karne k harkaton se hi hasya ke patr ban jate hain (Rahul Gandhi is made fun of because of his childish behaviour and attempts to gain cheap popularity)," he added.
He also said that the Ram Temple is not an election issue for the party, but a matter of faith.
"Ram mandir humare liye chunav ka mudda nahi hai, yeh humari aastha ka prateek hai (Ram mandir is not an election issue for us. It is a matter of faith)," he told ANI.
The BJP has now decided to deploy leaders from Uttar Pradesh for its campaign in Gujarat.
Adityanath will address gatherings in south Gujarat as part of the Gujarat Gaurav Yatra being organised by the party.
Earlier on Thursday, the dates for the election were set to be announced. While the poll panel revealed the schedule for the election in Himachal Pradesh, it postponed the announcement for Gujarat. The EC said the dates will be announced separately but assembly elections in the state will be held before December 18.