Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath. (File Photo: AP)
BAREILLY: Raking up the issue of violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in the Moradabad region in 2019, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who was in the brassware hub on Tuesday, blamed the Opposition parties for provoking the public and trying to set the state on fire.
“The opposition just wanted to create hurdles on the way of enactment of the law, made by (Prime Minister Narendra) Modiji to give nationality to (religious minorities, including) Hindus from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The opposition provoked the public and tried to set the state on fire through violent protests. The rioters burnt the premises of various innocent businessmen. At that time, I had clearly said the coming generations of the violent protesters would have to pay for it,” Adityanath said while addressing a public meeting in Moradabad on Tuesday.
Adityanath also shared a tweet from his official Twitter handle after his speech in Moradabad: “Remember, if you burn the properties of innocent businessmen in UP then you would have to pay, which will be remembered by your coming generations.”
Moradabad, along with its neighbouring Sambhal and Rampur districts, has witnessed communal riots on multiple occasions, including during the anti-CAA protests. A roadways bus was torched and several private and government vehicles were vandalised in Sambhal. Police had registered over 200 cases for the violence.
Similar violence was reported from Rampur district where a mob attacked policemen and curfews had to be imposed in sensitive areas. Notices were served to 26 protesters in Sambhal and 28 in Rampur to recover the damages for the destruction of public and private property.
The CM assured the people that the BJP will always provide better law and order. “Every mother and sister will have safety and respect.”
On Tuesday, the chief minister inaugurated two oxygen plants in Moradabad, after which he said every BJP MLA in the state has completed development works of over Rs 1,500 crore during their present tenure. “In comparison, the Opposition parties' MLAs have nothing to do with the development of the state. For them, their self-development and the development of the Saifai family is everything.”
Adityanath also laid the foundation stones of development works of Rs 275 crore in Sambhal where the entry of the leaders of Bharatiya Kisan Union was restricted by the police and district administration. In Bijnor too, he laid foundation stones for a few projects.