Monday, September 1, 2014

CITIZENS FOR DEMOCRACY Demands Arrest and Prosecution of Yogi Adityanath for his inflammatory statements

D-7/2 Vasant Vihar, New Delhi
August 31, 2014


Citizens For Democracy strongly condemns  the communal sensitive remarks made by Yogi Adityanath in a programme ‘Aap ki Adalat’  on ‘India TV’ on Saturday the 30th August, 2014.  In that programme which is reported in various newspapers, he has publicly blamed the Muslim community for being responsible for instigating the riots.  He has publicly declared that where there are more than 35 persons Muslims, there is no place for non-Muslims.  He has publicly justified his provocative speeches in the past in which he said that if a Hindu is killed 10 Muslims will be killed in retaliation. 

He has publicly said  that if he has a ‘mala’ (rosary) in one hand, he also carries a ‘bhala’ (javelin) in the other and that as a ‘Sanyasi’  he has no qualm in punishing the evil elements.  He has publicly charged that ‘love jihad’ is a part of the strategy to turn India into a Muslim country. He has publicly said, casting aspersions on the loyalty and integrity of the Muslim community as well as giving a veiled threat to it,  “if you want to live here, you will have to respect Indian culture and traditions.  You cannot have your body here but mind in Pakistan .”  

All the aforesaid statements made by Yogi Adityanath are criminal offences amounting  to generate hatred and enmity against the Muslim community.  He is straight away liable to be prosecuted  under  Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code which provides punishment of imprisonment which may extend to 3 years or with fine or with both to anyone who by words, either spoken or written promotes or attempts to promote , on grounds of religion, race or community or any other ground whatsoever, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious, racial, language or caste or communities, and who commits any act which is prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between different communities and which disturbs and is likely to disturb the public tranquility. 

Yogi Adityanath must be knowing that India has a Constitution and is meant to be governed by the  Rule of Law . As per  Indian Constitution nobody is entitled to take the law in his own hands in order to teach “other side” in the so called “language they understand”  or use “bhala’” (javelin)  in retaliation to punish the “supposedly” evil elements.

 It is obvious that Yogi Adityanath is trying to polarize communities for electoral gains in view of the forthcoming elections in UP to serve narrow political interest for his party  that is BJP. Citizens For democracy  hopes  that Shri Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister,  will rise above the narrow sectarian political interests, and will prove true  to the oath he has taken to uphold the values and principles of the  Indian Constitution. Citizens For Democracy , therefore,   appeals to him  to take immediate action against Yogi Adityanath  by arresting  and prosecuting him as per law in the interest of maintenance of peace and communal harmony in the country.

N.D. Pancholi                                                                       
General Secretary

NB: The Sangh Parivar know well how to speak in several tongues and voices. Thus the PM preaches communal harmony from Red Fort and his party MP Adityanath, (facing charges for inciting communal hatred) is chosen to speak in a different voice in Parliament. He is now appointed the BJP's star campaigner in U.P. Now their rumour mill is imploding upon itself. They are so habituated to lies and deceit that the line between truth and falsehood has disappeared. They spread the rumours and then find it necessary to deny them with great self righteousness. Now the President of the BJP assures us that Rajnath Singh is an upright man. Of course, Amit Shah might not be the best person to issue certificates of cleanliness in public life, but who are we to say? 

Will the Union Home Minister do his job as a constitutional functionary of the Indian Union and institute legal proceedings against his party colleague who (prima facie) has violated the law? Or will this case go the same way as all other cases pertaining to crimes committed by the high and mighty? If he does nothing to curb this unscrupulous muscleman dressed up as a holy man, he will be establishing beyond doubt that the Modi government and India's ruling party has decided to spread violence and intimidation as a means of winning elections. People sworn to uphold the constitution and rule of law are violating it in full light of day. And the bulk of our learned opinion makers are ignoring this shameless breach of trust. DS