UP CM says secularism intact in nation because of Hindus
By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  May 03, 2019, 04:09 PM
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, known to make controversial and communally debatable statements, has once again spoken in the form of a paradox. In an interview, when asked about the BJP fielding Sadhvi Pragya Thakur as a candidate in the ongoing elections, claimed, “Secularism in India is intact because of Hindus”.
The Hindu nationalist said that the Congress party must seek an apology from the people of the country for linking terrorism with Hindu, thus “disrespecting the country’s culture, tradition and legacy”, referring to the term coined by Congress veteran ‘Hindu terror’.
Adityanath went on to say that Thakur is the “answer to Hindu terror”, who “dedicated her whole life to the nation”.
Thakur was accused of being responsible for the 2008 Malegaon blast case, which resulted in 101 injuries and 6 casualties. The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad member was arrested, and remained in jail for a few years, and was granted bail in 2016. Thakur, after her announcement of contesting in the ongoing elections, was reported as saying that the Opposition has “insulted the saffron flag, Hindu dharma and Hindutva”. She vowed to make this a crucial focus point in the elections. Clearly indicating her modus operandi and goal of contesting, she said that “dharm” will be victorious, and “adharm” will be destroyed. The saffron party has fielded the Bajrang Dal member as a candidate from Bhopal, against two-time Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh.
Bhopal will go to polls on May 12, in the sixth phase of the ongoing 17th Lok Sabha elections. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.
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