Yogi en­cour­ag­ing such forces: Pawar

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUMBAI: Days af­ter a po­lice of­fi­cer was killed by a mob that was protest­ing an al­leged cow slaugh­ter in Bu­land­shahr, Ut­tar Pradesh, Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Fri­day said that the way mi­nori­ties are be­ing at­tacked in UP, it looks like the Yogi Adityanath gov­ern­ment is en­cour­ag­ing such forces.

“The way mi­nori­ties are be­ing at­tacked in Ut­tar Pradesh, the mur­der of the po­lice of­fi­cer who tried to stop the un­ruly mob and the way mat­ters are be­ing dealt, it seems CM Adityanath is en­cour­ag­ing such forces,” said Pawar.

Pawar fur­ther said the BJP gov­ern­ment is raising is­sues of cow slaugh­ter and Ram Mandir to only di­vert peo­ple’s at­ten­tion from their fail­ure and asked peo­ple to re­main cau­tious of this evil agenda.

He said the world knows that the BJP had made lots of prom­ises in the run-up to elec­tions in 2014 but has done noth­ing in the last four years.

Pawar also re­acted to BJP na­tional pres­i­dent Amit Shah’s state­ment where he op­posed Te­lan­gana gov­ern­ment’s pro­posal to in­crease the reser­va­tion quota for Mus­lims and Sched­uled Tribes. Shah had cited the Supreme Court (SC) ver­dict that man­dated a cap of 50% for caste reser­va­tion in any state.

Re­fer­ring to Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to pro­vide 16% reser­va­tion to the Maratha com­mu­nity that also vi­o­lates the apex court’s ver­dict, Pawar said it would be a test for CM Deven­dra Fad­navis to prove his com­mit­ment to­wards the back­ward sec­tions of the so­ci­ety.

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Sharad Pawar.

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