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Yogi slams Congress, SP for standing by rioters

UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2020 07:08 PM IST

GORAKHPUR: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday lashed out at the Congress and Samajwadi Party (SP) for backing the anti- Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters and “misleading the minority by spreading lies about the new citizenship law”.

Without naming Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, the CM said that a woman Congress leader was standing by those who created ruckus. He also attacked SP chief Akhilesh Yadav for his promise to provide pension to kin of victims of violence.

“A Congress leader is standing by those who tried to damage public property and set it afire. Congress leaders are doing photo sessions with rioters. Also a man who held a constitutional position (Akhilesh) talks of providing pension to them. Will this money for pension come from his father and forefathers? Is this politics of appeasement above national security ?” he said while addressing a meeting of prominent people in support of CAA at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gorakhpur University.

Calling on people to support the government in checking ‘lies’ being spread by the two parties on CAA ‘under a conspiracy to stop India from becoming a super power’, the CM said the Congress had committed a sin by agreeing to partition of India on the basis of religion in 1947.

“The Congress should welcome Prime Minister Modi who cleaned up its sin of partition by brining CAA,” he said amid applause .

To back the CAA’s provision of giving refuge to non-Muslim minority from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, Yogi cited the example of India-based dalit leader Jogendra Nath Mandal, the first Pakistani law minister who returned to India following harassment in Pakistan.

“It was the Congress who made Jogendra Nath Mandal lose the election from Mumbai in 1946. Later, Baba Sahab BR Ambedkar vacated his Kolkata seat for him . Misled by Jinnah, Jogendra Mandal chose to go to Pakistan where he became the first law minster. But due to continuous harassment of dalits, backwards and minorities, he came back to India and died here in oblivion. Notably, lakhs of Hindus lost their lives in partition and harassment of minorities did not stop in Pakistan despite the Nehru-Liyakat Pact. Today, the CAA is needed as genocide of minorities is continuing in Pakistan,” Yogi said, adding that the population of minorities in India had risen by 6 to 7% since Independence while population of Hindus in Pakistan had declined to just 1% from 23 % and in Bangladesh to 7% from 30% .

Condemning attack on Nankana Saheb in Pakistan, Yogi said that since Independence Sikhs, Hindus, Parsis and Christians were murdered and their women raped while religious places like temples were targeted. “ In India, there are lakhs of mosques, thousands of churches,and gurduwaras where people pray without any fear and the government gives them protection. But in Pakistan, Nankana Sahib is attacked and people are not allowed to perform puja in a temple since 1947 ,” he said.

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