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Petition filed in Bihar court against Yogi Adityanath over ‘Abba Jaan’ remark

The petitioner claimed CM’s remark had insulted the Muslim community

PTI06_09_2021_000255B UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath | PTI

A petition has been filed in a Bihar court against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over his controversial “Abba Jaan” comment. The petition was filed by Tamanna Hashmi, a local activist, before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate in Muzaffarpur on Monday.

Yogi, while launching several development projects in Kushinagar on Sunday, had said that it was only after his government came to power in 2017, the public distribution system became effective in Uttar Pradesh.

“Earlier, the ration meant for the poor used to be eaten up by those who say ‘Abba Jaan’,” Adityanath said. ‘Abba Jaan’ is a term used by Muslims to address their fathers.

Hashmi in his petition said the Muslim community, which he belongs to, was insulted by the chief minister’s remarks. He requested that Adityanath be tried under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code for “hurting religious sentiments”.

Adityanath made the remarks as he launched a scathing attack on the opposition parties especially the Congress which he termed as the mother of terrorism in the country.

"Congress gives disease, insults faith in Lord Ram and gives shelter to the mafia. But the BJP heals the citizens, paves the way for the construction of a grand temple of Lord Shri Ram and sends the mafia to the place they deserve. If there is BJP, there is respect for everyone, there is respect for faith," the chief minister had said.

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