After the recent Kolkata flyover controversy, Mr. Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, once again made headlines and attractrated criticism. This time, the U.P., CM has been criticised for his ‘Abba Jaan’ remark.
On the 13th of September, the Indian National Congress (INC) leaders lashed out at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Party. Mr. Gourav Vallabh, the Spokesperson of the INC said, ” Why has this ‘abba jaan’ come now? It is because elections are nearing. These are indicative of elections and since the BJP has nothing else to showcase or talk about, they have again resorted to ‘shamshan-kabristan.” He further said, “Such experiments only work once and not every time. For, the entire Uttar Pradesh knows their real face now as they are demanding answers from them, why lakhs of people were killed during second wave of coronavirus and bodies were seen floating in river Ganga.”
What was the Abba Jaan Comment of the Uttar Pradesh CM?
On the 12th of September, Mr. Yogi Adityanath addressed a public meeting and said, “2017 ke pahle kya sabhi ko ration milta tha?….Abba Jaan kehne wale sara ration hajam kar lete the,” (did everyone get ration before 2017?…Those who say Abba Jaan used to digest all the ration.)” He further said, “Because then, people who say ‘abba jaan’ used to digest the rations. The rations for Kushinagar used to go to Nepal and Bangladesh. Today, if anybody tries to swallow the rations meant for poor people, he will land in jail.”
His comments were directed to the Muslim Community with the reference of Abba Jaan (Father in Urdu,) who were allegedly given advantages under the leadership of the previous, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP,) Government.
The remark of the Uttar Pradesh CM triggered political controversies, gaining criticism and backlash from the opposition.
The political parties said the remarks referred to Muslims getting more in the previous government’s rule and sparked communal issues. In regard to this, the INC, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) demanded action against the Chief Minister for differentiating on the basis of religion.
Omar Abdullah of the National Conference Party (NCP) said, “I’ve always maintained the BJP has no intention of fighting any election with an agenda other than blatant communalism & hatred with all the venom directed towards Muslims. Here is a CM seeking re-election claiming that Muslims ate up all the rations meant for Hindus.”
Meanwhile, it is to be noted, Uttar Pradesh is scheduled to conduct an Assembly election in 2022. The poll bound state is a stronghold of the BJP with the highest number of seats, especially after the resolved issue of Ram Janmabhoomi issue and construction of Ram Mandir (temple) in Ayodhya.
Besides the INC, the BSP, the BJP and the SP, this time the All India Majlis e Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is also in the fray to win the U.P., Assembly elections.
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