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Monday, 1 September 2014

APPEAL TO SHRI RAJNATH SINGH TO ARREST AND PROSECUTE   YOGI  ADITYANATH  FOR MAKING INFLAMMATORY STATEMENTS TO    VITIATE PEACE AND COMMUNAL HARMONY IN THE COUNTRY. 

        (CITIZENS FOR DEMOCRACY              
   D-7/2 Vasant Vihar, New Delhi 110057                                              
  Dt.31st August, 2014      
  PRESS STATEMENT
  APPEAL TO SHRI RAJNATH SINGH TO ARREST AND PROSECUTE   YOGI  ADITYANATH  FOR MAKING INFLAMMATORY STATEMENTS TO    VITIATE PEACE AND COMMUNAL HARMONY IN THE COUNTRY. 

Citizens For Democracy strongly condemns  the communal sensitive remarks made by Yogi Adityanath in a programme ‘Aap ki Adalat’  on ‘India TV’ on Saturday the 30th August,2014.  In that programme which is reported in various newspapers, he has publicly blamed the Muslim community for being responsible for instigating the riots.  He has publicly declared that where there are more than 35 persons Muslims, there is no place for non-Muslims.  He has publicly justified his provocative speeches in the past in which he said that if a Hindu is killed 10 Muslims will be killed in retaliation. He has publicly said  that if he has a ‘mala’ (rosary) in one hand, he also carries a ‘bhala’ (javelin) in the other and that as a ‘Sanyasi’  he has no qualm in punishing the evil elements.  He has publicly charged that ‘love jihad’ is a part of the strategy to turn India into a Muslim country. He has publicly said, casting aspersions on the loyalty and integrity of the Muslim community as well as giving a veiled threat to it,  “if you want to live here, you will have to respect Indian culture and traditions.  You cannot have your body here but mind in Pakistan .”   All the aforesaid statements made by Yogi Adityanath are  criminal offences   amounting  to generate hatred and enmity against the Muslim community.   He is straight away liable to be prosecuted  under  Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code which provides punishment of imprisonment which may extend to 3 years or with fine or with both to anyone who by words, either spoken or written promotes or attempts to promote , on grounds of religion, race or community or any other ground whatsoever, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious, racial, language or caste or communities, and who commits any act which is prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between different communities and which disturbs and is likely to disturb the public tranquility. Yogi Adityanath must be knowing that India has a Constitution and is meant to be governed by the  Rule of Law . As per  Indian Constitution nobody is entitled to take the law in his own hands in order to teach “other side” in the so called “language they understand”  or use “bhala’” (javelin)  in retaliation to punish the “supposedly” evil elements.  It is obvious that Yogi Adityanath is trying to polarize communities for electoral gains in view of the forthcoming elections in UP to serve narrow political interest for his party  that is BJP. Citizens For democracy  hopes  that Shri Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister,  will rise above the narrow sectarian political interests, and will prove true  to the oath he has taken to uphold the values and principles of the  Indian Constitution. Citizens For Democracy , therefore,   appeals to him  to take immediate action against Yogi Adityanath  by arresting  and prosecuting him as per law in the interest of maintenance of peace and communal harmony in the country.                                                                                         N.D.Pancholi                                                                       General Secretary   (M) 9811099532 Peoples Media Advocacy & Resource Centre- PMARC has been initiated with the support from group of senior journalists, social activists, academics and intellectuals from Dalit and civil society to advocate and facilitate Dalits issues in the mainstream media. To create proper & adequate space with the Dalit perspective in the mainstream media national/ International on Dalit issues is primary objective of the PMARC. You are receiving this message because you are a member of the community Dalits Media Watch. View this contribution on the web site A reply to this message will be sent to all members of Dalits Media Watch. Reply to sender | Unsubscribe