Secularism cannot mean ‘Hindu virodh’,” Says Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said we believe in ballot, not bullet and no one in the state would be allowed to take law in their hands.

Uttar Pradesh: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that his relationship with Muslims is the same as their relationship with him. He was speaking in an interview on Friday (February 4) after filing his nomination papers from Gorakhpur. The Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, State BJP Chief Swatantra Dev Singh were among others who accompanied CM Yogi to the collectorate building for filing nomination.

Chief Minister Yogi, who is a member of the legislative council, is contesting his first assembly election this time. He has contested and won five consecutive Lok Sabha polls from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.

On the question of secularism, he said that secularism can not mean ‘Hindu virodh’ as it could also not mean appeasement. He was speaking to Rahul Joshi, Group Editor, Newtwork18.

He emphasised that as an administrator, he is only guided by the Constitution and law enforcement agencies will do their work against anybody who says or does something which is anti-Constitutional.

On the question of Samajwadi Party forming grand alliance, Uttar Pradesh chief minister said that the alliance formed in 2019 Lok Sabha polls was much bigger than this and still BJP was the largest party in the state with 64 Lok Sabha seats.

In 2019 Lok Sabha polls, two major opposition parties of the state, SP and BSP, had joined hands against the BJP but could not do much damage to the party.

The Bhagyanagar MP and president of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Asaduddin Owaisi’s vehicle was fired upon by unidentified miscreants on Thursday (February 3) near the Chhajarsi toll plaza in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. He was returning after addressing a political rally in Uttar Pradesh.

When asked about the incident, CM Yogi said, “We believe in ballot, not bullet. No one would be allowed to disturb law and order in the state. The miscreants have been arrested and the police is doing its work.” He added that political leaders should be careful about what they are saying in political rallies.

The polling for the 403 seats of the Uttar Pradesh assembly will start on February 10 and continue till March 7 in seven phases. The counting of votes will start on March 10.

When asked about the Samajwadi Party, the UP CM said that although their name is Samajwadi but their thinking is Pariwarwadi and work is Dangawadi.

When asked about his 80-20 remark, the chief minister said that when I say that this election is 80 per cent vs 20 per cent, I talk about those 80 percent people of the state who want development of the state, are law-abiding citizens and work hard. He claimed that these 80 percent people will vote for the BJP ensuring its massive victory.

In 2013 in Muzaffarnagar, Sachin and Gaurav were killed by the Muslims for trying to protect their sister. There were massive riots in the western Uttar Pradesh and the ministers of the then ruling Samajwadi Party government allegedly asked the police to not protect the Hindu victims.

CM Yogi Adityanath said that the people of western UP have not forgotten 2013 and how the government of the day had acted.

The Samajwadi Party, led by then Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, was ruling the state in 2013. In this election, it is in alliance with Jayant Chaudhary-led Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).

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