Over 80 former bureaucrats had written an open letter on Wednesday(19 December 2018) alleging failure of the state and central governments in the handling of the December 3 mob violence in Bulandshahr’s Siyana Tehsil after cow carcasses were found near a village. They had accused Adityanath of bigotry and sought his resignation over the violence in which an on-duty police inspector, Subodh Kumar Singh, and a civilian, Sumit Kumar, were died after suffering bullet injuries.
“You are only seeing the deaths of Sumit and a police officer, not the death of 21 cows” – Says BJP MP
A BJP politician jumped to his defence with a remark that may once again bring the state government’s priorities into question.
“You are only seeing the deaths of Sumit and a police officer, not the death of 21 cows,” Sanjay Sharma, the BJP MLA from Anupshahr, responded. “Please understand that the people who killed the cows were the real culprits. The actions of the mob stemmed from the killing of our gaumata.”
“In a state where farmers are tolerating loss of their crops for the last two years for the sake of cows and thank the chief minister for stopping cow slaughter how would that Hindu then tolerate cow slaughter?
“Had there been no cow slaughter, such an incident would not have taken place. Hence, the action against those slaughtering cows is correct,” he wrote.
MLA Sharma said the former civil servants have accused the chief minister of bias against a particular community, when he himself allowed them permission to hold a huge three-day congregation.
“This happened in the same state where previous governments would not allow Ramleelas to be held in villages. Had there been a bias, why would the government allow the congregation?” he wrote.
On wrong people getting arrested for cow slaughter and they all being from the same community, the MLA said it was the government which “self-corrected” itself at that point but “unfortunately the others arrested later for the act also belong to the same community and your assertion of bias in that light reflects your mental weakness.”
“On your demand for the chief minister’s resignation in your letter, in which you have umpteen times referred to the Constitution, let me remind you that only the people, who have elected the chief minister with a huge mandate, can remove him and not some scurrilous people like you who challenge the constitutional system,” Sharma wrote.
What happened in Bulandshahr
Clashes broke out in Bulandshahr on December 3, after right-wing activists reportedly found the carcasses of several bovines near the venue of an Islamic gathering. A police officer, Subodh Kumar Singh, and a protester, Sumit, were killed. Although police have arrested a number of people, the main accused — including Bajrang Dal leader Yogesh Raj — continue to be on the run.
Over two weeks later, more than 80 retired civil servants wrote an open letter demanding Mr Adityanath’s resignation for “openly flaunting his bigotry” in the Bulandshahr case. “Hooliganism and thuggery have been mainstreamed into governance. The Bulandshahr violence, which led to the cold-blooded murder of a police officer, marks the most dangerous turn yet in the direction taken by the politics of hate in recent times,” the letter — signed by diplomats such as former National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon and former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran — said. It also accused PM Modi of maintaining a stony silence while Mr Adityanath “acts as a high priest of bigotry”.
Mr Adityanath, however, maintains that his government should be “praised and thanked” for its handling of the issue.
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