25/04/2017 2:29 PM IST | Updated 25/04/2017 2:30 PM IST

Yogi Adityanath Just Asked Everyone To Go Cashless Because Apparently That's What Lord Krishna Did 5,000 Years Ago

"Why can it not be done today?"

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CM of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath gestures after a meeting with BJPs President Amit Shah in New Delhi.

Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his effort to push the country to embrace digital transactions announced demonetisation. Yogi Adityanath is following the PM's footsteps and encouraging people to go cashless.

But it seems the Uttar Pradesh chief minister has a different reason for doing so. He said that the first cashless transaction took place 5,000 years ago between lord Krishna and his friend Sudama.

"We should take inspiration for cashless transactions from Lord Krishna and Sudama. When Sudama went to meet Krishna he was not given money. But when Sudama returned home, he found it a changed place. When such a thing could be done 5,000 years ago, why can it not be done today," Yogi Adityanath was reported as saying.

Speaking at an event to celebrate the 'National Panchayati Raj Diwas' on Monday, Yogi said, "If someone demands bribe, tell them you will credit it to their account or through phone. If he takes it, he will go to jail."

He said that this would check corruption at the lowest level and allow more funds for rural development.

Mythology is clearly Yogi's favourite subject. Last week he had compared the plight of Draupadi in Mahabharata to that of triple talaq.

"These days there is a new debate in the country. Some people are maintaining a silence on this issue. This reminds me of the scene in the Mahabharata in which Draupadi is being disrobed in an assembly and she asks a question to the gathering as to who is responsible for this?" he said, accusing the politicians of being guilty for maintaining silence on the issue.

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