EC issues notice to UP CM Yogi Adityanath over 'Babur ki aulad' remark, seeks reply within 24 hours
The EC pointed out that while addressing a rally in Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh on April 19, Adityanath had said "would you hand over the reins of the country to terrorists, to those who call themselves children of Babur (Babur ki aulad)...to those who oppose Bajrangbali".
The EC pointed out that while addressing a rally in Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh on April 19, Adityanath had said "would you hand over the reins of the country to terrorists, to those who call themselves children of Babur (Babur ki aulad)...to those who oppose Bajrangbali". Yogi's comments had come days after the EC barred him from campaigning for 72 hours for allegedly making comments amounting to the violation of the model code of conduct. It was Yogi's first rally after the ban.
Earlier, the Chief Minister had said that the fight on the Sambhal Lok Sabha seat was between a candidate who believes in nationalist, pro-development candidate and a person who called himself the successor of Mughal king Babar.
In an apparent reference to the SP-BSP-RLD candidate, Yogi said: "The person who does not want to sing Vande Matram, who feels discomfort in garlanding Baba sahab, is not eligible to get your votes."
Yogi termed the alliance leaders as anti-development and anti-poor, and urged the voters not to vote in favour of the people who feel ashamed in chanting Vande Matram.
"Are you ready to hand over the country to anti-nationals, terrorists, anti-development and anti-poor people and to those who dub themselves as 'Babar ki Aulad'?" he said amid the cheering crowd.
Attacking previous SP and BSP governments in the state, he said that earlier regimes discriminated between Hindus and Muslims and claimed that he had stopped the alleged practice.
"Earlier governments discriminated between Deva Sharif and Mahadev. They sanctioned funds for Muslim cemeteries but not for Hindus. We stopped his discrimination," Yogi claimed.
There are around 18 lakh voters in Sambhal. Muslims constitute around 9 lakh followed by the Scheduled Caste (around 3 lakh) and Yadavas.
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