Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday has stirred a hornet’s nest over his remark on ‘bullet’.
In a rally in Delhi’s Bedarpur area, he said that those who attacked Kanwariyas (devotees of Lord Shiva) would have to face police bullets. Yogi Adityanath warned those attacking the Kanwariyas, saying 'boli se nahi goli se saamna karna padega [If they don't listen to talks, they will have to face the bullets]'
Yogi Adityanath's warning was in a probable reference to the reports of clashes between the Kanwariyas and the pedestrians or motorists during the Kanwar Yatra -- the annual pilgrimage of devotees of Lord Shiva during the month of Shravan.
Assuring safety to the Kanwariyas, Yogi Adityanath said, "We do not obstruct anyone's festival or faith. Let everyone celebrate festivals within the framework of the law. Lekin Shiv bhakto par goli chalayega koi vyakti, danga karayega, boli se nahi manega toh goli se toh maan hi jayega [If anyone opens fire at devotees of Lord Shiva or cause riots. If they don't listen to words, they will be dealt with bullets]. Devotees do not believe in rioting. We guarantee safety to the Kanwariyas."
As part of his Delhi election campaign, Yogi Adityanath has already raised many eyebrows over his controversial comments. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday demanded the Election Commission (EC) to ban Yogi Adityanath from campaigning in Delhi over his alleged provocative speeches about the Shaheen Bagh protest.
Adityanath also termed Shaheen Bagh protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) a "malicious attempt to disturb the peace and normal life". Yogi Adityanath also launched a vociferous attack on Shaheen Bagh protesters saying that the "real intentions of the Shaheen Bagh protesters are to oppose Article 370 and Ram janmabhoomi verdict. Their real pain is the triple talaq bill which was passed."