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India Today - - UPFRONT -

IN SOME STATES, IN­CLUD­ING UT­TAR PRADESH, A WRONG PRAC­TICE OF FORC­ING PEO­PLE TO CHANT RE­LI­GIOUS SLO­GANS AND COM­MIT­TING ATROCITIES HAS BE­GUN, AND IT SHOULD BE CON­DEMNED... THE CEN­TRE AND STATE GOVERN­MENTS MUST TAKE TOUGH AC­TION SO THAT HAR­MONY IS MAIN­TAINED EV­ERY­WHERE AND DE­VEL­OP­MENT IS NOT AF­FECTED

For­mer UP chief min­is­ter MAYAWATI hit out on so­cial me­dia at a gang of 12 young men who al­legedly forced a Mus­lim cleric, a res­i­dent of Muzaf­far­na­gar, to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’. They also beat him up and pulled his beard, he told the po­lice. This is not the first time Mayawati has com­plained about the rul­ing party “al­low­ing crimes of com­mu­nal frenzy and casteism” and de­fam­ing the coun­try and em­bar­rass­ing the prime min­is­ter. The BJP re­sponded with scorn, some in the party liken­ing Mayawati to the West Ben­gal chief min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee who has de­nounced the chant­ing of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in her state as un-Ben­gali, the ac­tions and lan­guage of “out­siders”

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