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Mainstream, VOL LV No 15 New Delhi April 1, 2017

Selection of Yogi Adityanath: People’s Verdict Sabotaged

Sunday 2 April 2017

The following statement has been issued by Debabrata Biswas, the General Secretary of the All India Forward Bloc, on March 20, 2017.

By appointing Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has sabotaged the people’s verdict and openly challenged the democratic practice of the nation. It could have been democratic if the BJP leadership dared to announce his name as the chief ministerial candidate before the elections.

The Gorakhpur MP, Yogi Adityanath, was known for his venomous speeches against the time-tested secular tradition of our great nation. There have been numerous criminal cases registered against him on intimidating the minorities and abetting communal tension and violence. The Election Commission of India has served notices against him on his anti-national speeches and his attempt to divide the society on religious and caste basis. On a number of occasions the Commission warned him on his acts and speeches. By selecting such a person as the Chief Minister of the most populous State of India, the BJP openly defied the judicial system, the Constitution and the rich tradition of our democratic practice.

The black hands played behind the curtain for selecting Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh pushed the State, which is notorious for communal tension and violence, into a more vulnerable situation. It is a fact that, if the BJP could have announced his name as the chief ministerial candidate the before the elections, the result could have been different.

The All India Forward Bloc, the party founded by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the revolutionary hero of India, will a launch nationwide campaign against this undemocratic as well as dangerous ploy of the BJP. The party will organise public meetings, citizens’ conventions, Save Democracy — Save Secularism Campaign to expose the BJP and Sangh Parivar gang-up. The party urges upon the patriotic people of India to come forward to resist the communal forces by holding high the rich values of our democracy and secularism.

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