NEW DELHI — The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath warned on Wednesday to all those raising ‘Azadi’ slogan amid protests against CAA, NRC and NPR in the state that his government will take “very strict action” against those raising it and termed the slogan as “deshdroh (treason).”
The slogan ‘Azadi’ is being raised by the CAA protesters across the country by which they demand Azadi (freedom) not from India but freedom in India to live a dignified life enjoying fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution and freedom from religious discrimination.
Addressing a rally in support of CAA in Kanpur, Adityanath said, “Uttar Pradesh ki dharti pe main ish baat ko kahunga.. dharna pradarshan ke naam par Kashmir mein jo kabhi azadi ke naare lagte they… agar is prakaar ke naare lagaane ka karya karoge to yeh deshdroh ki shreni mein aayega aur phir… Ispe kathortam kaarwai sarkar karegi (I want to say that if in the name of protest, anyone raises slogans of azadi like in Kashmir, then it would be considered an act of treason, and the government will take very strict action).”
Commenting on the women protests at many places across the country, Adityanath alleged that since men do not have courage to participate in the protests on their own, they are ‘forcing their women and children’ to sit on roads.
Itna bada apradh ki purush ghar mein so raha hai rajai odh ke, aur mahilaon ko aage karke chaurahe-chaurahe baithaya ja raha hai (It’s such a crime that the men are sleeping under quilts and women are made to sit on street corners.)
The protests against CAA, that stems from the emotion that the citizenship of Muslims will be questioned, rocked UP last month. More than 20 people lost their lives, raising questions on police brutality on the protesters.
In Uttar Pradesh, having started in Lucknow, the agitation spread to other parts of the state like wildfire.