Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath lashed out at Akhilesh Yadav and said he “failed to respect” his father. On the sixth day of the UP assembly Budget session on Saturday, chief minister Yogi Adityanath clashed with Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav over Friday’s broad daylight murder of the prime eyewitness in the 2005 murder of a BSP MLA.
Soon after the session began, opposition parties, including Akhilesh Yadav, attacked the BJP-led government over the murder of Umesh Pal, the main eyewitness and one of his security personnel, in the sensational bomb-and-bullet attack in Prayagraj.
Adityanath, who appeared agitated, attempted to corner the Samajwadi Party over the incident. “It was the Samajwadi Party that nurtured and protected the mafia Atiq Ahmed and now, they are raising fingers at us. mila donga mafia ko mitti mein (will eliminate mafias). The Prayagraj incident is upsetting, but the perpetrators will not go unpunished,” Adityanath said in the assembly.
The chief minister also said that his government has a “zero-tolerance policy” against mafia and crime. “ The government will act under this zero-tolerance policy in the Prayagraj case, too. Those who are involved in the incident, were they not nurtured and protected by the Samajwadi Party? The Samajwadi Party had made him an MP (Atiq Ahmed),”
The wife of Umesh Pal has filed a case against Atiq’s family members, including his two sons, in the incident.
“Statements were made that ‘Ladke hai galati kar dete hai’. I am surprised when they talk about democracy. They talk about security in the state… Sharm to tumhe karni chahiye jo apne baap ka samman nahi kar paye ho (You should be ashamed that you failed to respect your father). Is this how you should behave? I have not named anyone but the remarks which have been made have to be discussed,” the CM said.
Alleging that the Opposition feels “proud” in calling Uttar Pradesh a “bimaru rajya”, the BJP leader said this reveals their intentions for the state.