After his anointment, many people who are supposedly secular has come out with an argument that the UP chief minister Adityanath should be given a chance. They say the proof of the pudding is in its eating. And those who until recently took a critical stand towards the controversial hardliner has become soft on him after BJP’s spectacular win. But not all are ready to forget what he has said and done. Amnesty International, the global human rights watchdog does not believe that an electoral win by itself will not absolve him from the responsibility of polarising words and deeds he uttered and did.
Amnesty International demanded public withdrawal of hatred-filled inflammatory statements against Muslims made in the past by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
“Adityanath has been one of Uttar Pradeshs most polarising politicians, given to hateful rhetoric that incites discrimination and hostility against minority groups, particularly Muslims,” Executive Director of Amnesty International India, Aakar Patel said.
The five-time MP from Gorakhpur, who was sworn in as the 21st chief minister of the state on Sunday, is known for flaring up communal tensions in the state. Hindu Yuva Vahini, founded by Adityanath, has been instrumental behind many number of clashes.
As Chief Minister of Indias most populous state, he and his party have an obligation to ensure that his positions do not become government policy. It is, therefore, imperative that he retracts any statements which may provide a license for others to abuse human rightsAakar Patel, Executive Director, Amnesty International India
The statement said Adityanath had called for India becoming a “Hindu state” and also made “polarising” statements claiming love jihad.
The new CM faces criminal charges in multiple cases, including attempt to murder, criminal intimidation and rioting, Amnesty alleged, adding, “in 2007, he was detained for 15 days for allegedly inciting riots in Gorakhpur”.
Adityanath’s toxic ideas must not become part of his governance. By demonising Muslims, he has increased religious divisions and put ordinary people at risk of discrimination, hostility and violenceAakar Patel, Executive Director, Amnesty International India
Adityanath has been also charged in the past with endangering life or personal safety of others, unlawful assembly and trespassing on burial grounds. A murder case is going on in the court of CJM, Maharajganj, according to his 2014 election affidavit.
As the head of the Uttar Pradesh government, he must disown his poisonous statements, and ensure that his administration respects the rights of people of all faiths
The firebrand hindutva hardliner Adityanath’s accession to power the most populous state was received with great shock by many.