Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission of India has issued a censure to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over his ‘Modi ki Sena’ remark.
Censure is to express disapproval of someone/something in a formal statement.
The EC has advised Adityanath to be more careful in the future as a “senior political leader.”
While addressing a public rally in Ghaziabad on April 1, Adityanath had referred to the Indian Army as “Modi ji ki sena” while drawing a comparison between the steps taken by the BJP-led central government against terrorism and the previous Congress government.
“Things which were impossible for SP-BSP, are now possible; it is possible since Modi is here. Congress used to feed biryani to terrorists but Modi ji ki sena (Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s army) gives them only golis and golas (bullets and bombs). This is the difference,” the Chief Minister had said.
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath offering prayer at Doodheshwarnath Temple in Ghaziabad on Sunday.
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He also referred to Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Kamal Nath’s statement that he was ensuring personal delivery of the party’s stake-claim letter to the state’s Governor, saying it was good that the party was not relying on the “Governor’s fax machine in MP”, taking a swipe at a recent fax machine controversy in Jammu and Kashmir.
Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah also tweeted that the Congress leaders in Madhya Pradesh were “smart people” as they were not faxing their letter to Raj Bhawan in Bhopal.
One of the viral memes blamed Yogi for the BJP losses and said it was his “caste certificate” to Lord Hanuman which hurt the party and the results are like a revenge by the monkey-god on Tuesday, a day when Hanuman is worshipped.
Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav tweeted in Hindi, “Abki baar, kho di sarkar
” (This time, lost the government), punning it on the popular BJP slogan of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, ‘Abki baar, Modi sarkar
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As police continued their investigations, emotions ran high as the families prepared for the last rites. Singh’s body, draped in the tricolour, was given a gun salute. From Bulandshahr, the body was taken to his ancestral home in Etah.
The deceased policeman’s son Abhishek said his father wanted him to be a good citizen who doesn’t incite violence in society in the name of religion.
“My father has lost his life in this Hindu-Muslim dispute. Whose father is next?” he asked tearfully.
Abhishek said he last spoke to his father when he phoned him to inquire whether he had studied and eaten.
Demanding “martyr” status for the slain inspector, who was one of those who initially probed the 2015 lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq, his sister alleged his killing was a conspiracy of the police and demanded martyr status for him.
“My brother was killed in a police conspiracy as he was probing a cow slaughter case… He should be given martyr status and a memorial should be constructed in his name in our native place,” Sunita Singh told reporters.
“The cow is our mother, I accept it. My brother has given his life for her. The CM used to chant ‘gau.. gau.. gau’.. Why can’t he come for ‘gau raksha’,” an emotional Sunita Singh asked, hitting out at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
In Chingrawati village, Sumit’s family refused to conduct his last rites until the government assured Rs 50 lakh compensation, pension to his parents and a police job to his kin.
His father Amarjeet Singh also demanded state funeral as accorded to Singh.
Bulandshahr MP Bhola Singh and local MLA Devendra Lodhi, both from the BJP, visited Sumit’s family in Chingrawati.
Lodhi accused the district administration and police of improper handling of the case.
The BJP legislator said locals from the two villages of Mahav and Chingravathi had found the carcass of a cow and reported the matter to the police on Monday morning.
“Police should have registered the case, filed an FIR and taken action accordingly. But since they did not take any action, it resulted in the violence,” Lodhi told PTI.
While Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati blamed the “irresponsible and wrong” policies of the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh for the mob violence, the CPI(M) held Yogi Adityanath’s “communally provocative speeches” responsible. The violence was “planned” in view of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, it said.
The rampaging mob protesting alleged illegal cow slaughter torched a police post and clashed with cops on Monday, according to the police.
According to Additional Director General (Meerut zone) Prashant Kumar, the protesters from Mahaw village and nearby areas pelted stones at the police and indulged in arson, set ablaze several vehicles and Chingarwathi Police Chowki, after some body parts of cows were found in a jungle near the village, prompting the police to open fire.
A chilling video showing the body of a policeman slumped to the ground from the seat of a police vehicle surrounded by some people came to light after the incident.
The accused have been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including those related to rioting, murder and attempt to murder.
The #Bulandshahr violence has not occurred in isolation. Last year, a mob comprising the VHP, Bajrang Dal and the Hindu Yuva Vahini (floated by the Yogi) attacked a police station in Agra, to ‘liberate’ its cadre. https://t.co/UeSQGOCztA
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They raised slogans against the police administration and blocked the Bulandshahr-Garh State Highway.
Bulandshahr District Magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha, Sub-divisional Magistrate Avinash Kumar Maurya and other senior officials tried to reason with the protestors but they refused to budge.
The protesters soon turned violent, pelting stones on policemen and indulging in arson, Jha said, adding that police had to fire gunshots in self-defence.
Kumar said the UP government acted swiftly and ordered an SIT probe, besides an inquiry by the ADG intelligence and a magisterial probe.
He said that additional reinforcements have been rushed to the spot of violence, and described the situation as under control.
“Police inspector Subodh Kumar died in hospital during treatment after being hit by a blunt object, probably stone,” he said.
Amid reports that the cop was lynched, the ADG said the exact reason for his death will be known after a post-mortem and the inquiry by the ADG-intelligence who has been asked to submit a report in 48 hours.
The ADG said that security has been bolstered in the area with 500 personnel of Rapid Action Force and 600 personnel of Provincial Armed Constabulary.
DM Jha said, “Some people took the bodies of the animals and tried to block the road. The policemen were attacked when they tried to get the road opened.”
Meanwhile, mobile footage from the area, shot by onlookers, showed young men attacking policemen with stones.
The violence started at around 10 am in Siana area in the district where a major three-day Islamic congregation had concluded this afternoon. The policemen warned against attempts to spread any misleading information, saying the incident was not related in any way to the congregation.
“The incident occurred 40-50 km away from the congregation site. Some miscreants were behind the violence and action is being taken against them in accordance with law,” the Bulandshahr Police tweeted in the evening.