Focus on U.P., PDP tells Yogi
The Peoples Democratic Party on Monday said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s utterances were “very dangerous and can be very harmful to the integrity of the country”.“The U.P. Chief Minister said in a recent speech that if the BJP comes to power in Telangana, [All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief] Asaduddin Owaisi will have to flee. It is not about Owaisi alone; it is the feeling that is being created across the country due to which a hate campaign against Muslims is being launched,” said PDP leader and former senior Cabinet Minister Naeem Akhtar.Addressing an election rally at Tandur town of Vikarabad district, Mr. Adityanath had said, “If the BJP forms the government in Telangana, I can tell you that Owaisi will have to run away just like the Nizam was compelled to run away from Hyderabad. The BJP will give security to all, but will not allow those who spread anarchy.”Mr. Akhtar said Muslims were not getting places on rent and were not allowed to purchase houses in good colonies across the country. “This has led to a forced ghettoisation of Muslims of all classes, a separate community within the country. The fact is that the fanatic groups are trying to create Pakistan within the country itself,” said Mr. Akhtar.He also cautioned that such a mindset being exhibited by BJP leaders, particularly Yogi Adityanath, is very dangerous and can be very harmful to the integrity of the country. “Muslims are here and no power can coerce them to go anywhere else. They are as much the owners of the country, its resources, its land and air as are the people of other faiths. Does this country belong to the BJP alone? Who is Yogi to tell any person living in India to leave?” he said.Lawlessness in U.P. The PDP leader said the Uttar Pradesh CM should stop behaving like the proverbial ostrich. “Instead of suggesting new names of Muslim cities and towns, dragging names of revered personalities of Islam, he should restore a sense of safety among the people of his own State where women are molested in a broad daylight and lawlessness is prevailing all across,” said Mr. Akhtar.