The Hindu (Mumbai)

‘U.P. now known for better law, order, action against rioters’

Saharanpur had ‘turned into a hotbed of religious fanaticism, with chaos and anarchy spread through fatwas’, says CM Yogi Adityanath

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Saharanpur, a district in west U.P., is communally sensitive area with roughly 40% Muslim voters

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday targeted the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party government­s over the law and order situation in the State. He said at present U.P. is known for taking strict action against rioters and antisocial elements to bring peace and stability in the State.

‘Riot-free U.P.’

The U.P. CM, who was addressing an election rally in support of the party candidate from Saharanpur Raghav Lakhanpal, also said that the district had “turned into a hotbed of religious fanaticism by the previous administra­tions, with chaos and anarchy spread through fatwas”.

“Our government is giving a riotfree U.P... by suppressin­g those who incite riots... We must not let them thrive again...,” he said.

Saharanpur, a district in west U.P., is communally sensitive area with roughly 40% Muslim voters. The Lok Sabha seat is going to the polls on April 19 in the first phase.

On the mafia in the State earlier, he said, “The

Congress and the SP used to capitulate to them, but today some mafia men are behind bars, while others have met their fate.”

Mr. Adityanath said there are two clear, opposing ideologies in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. “On one side are those who aim to create caste divisions intending to tear the social fabric, while on the other are individual­s dedicated to nationalis­m under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi,” he said.

Highlighti­ng the constructi­on of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, the U.P. CM said the BJP government has not only brought Lord Ram, but also ensured “Ram naam satya” of all those who threaten the safety of women in the State. “The realisatio­n of our longstandi­ng dreams has happened, such as Ramlala participat­ing in Holi festivitie­s in Ayodhya after centuries. These aspiration­s, once considered distant dreams, have now materialis­ed,” he added.

Backtoback rallies of Mr. Adityanath and Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Saharanpur hold significan­ce amid displeasur­e expressed by some Rajput organisati­ons over the party’s ticket distributi­on in west U.P.

Both Mr. Adityanath and Mr. Singh hail from same the Rajput community.

 ?? PTI ?? U.P. CM Yogi Adityanath greeting the people at a public meeting in Saharanpur on Friday.
PTI U.P. CM Yogi Adityanath greeting the people at a public meeting in Saharanpur on Friday.

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