‘Can’t be singing bhajan’: Adityanath’s counter on EC’s hate speech notice
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who faces a notice by the Election Commission for his Sambhal speech last month defended his “Babar ka aulad” remark. The chief minister said his speech cannot be a violation of the model code of conduct because he was only recalling a conversation with someone.
“Do we go to the dais to sing bhajan (devotional songs). We go there to defeat our adversary and to corner them,” the chief minister told news agency ANI.
The 46-year-old chief minister, who is seen as a prominent Hindutva face of his party, was banned from campaigning for 3 days for an earlier speech that was considered divisive by the Election Commission.
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In this, the chief minister had said: “If the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and the BSP have faith in Ali, we have faith in Bajrang Bali.”
When the ban ended on April 19, one of the first places that Yogi Adityanath headed to was western Uttar Pradesh Sambhal. Here, Yogi Adityanath attacked the opposition Samajwadi Party candidate in Sambhal Shafiq-ur-Rehman Barq.
“Once I was in parliament, I asked the SP candidate, who was also an MP, as to who were his predecessors. He said he was the successor of Babur. I was surprised,” Yogi Adityanath claimed.
According to the EC notice sent to the chief minister, he also said: “would you hand over the reins of the country to terrorists, to those who call themselves children of Babur (Babur ki aulad)...to those who oppose Bajrangbali”.
Yogi Adityanath’s deadline to respond to the fresh EC notice ends Friday evening.
In his interview to ANI that was released earlier in the day, Yogi Adityanath made it clear that he did not see anything wrong in what had been said. The chief minister also underlined that it was for political parties to highlight the opposition’s weakness in front of people.
“We do not mind it even when Congress or Samajwadi Party (SP) ‘abuse’ us during their election campaigning. If we revert, why are we called out,” the chief minister told ANI.