A booked authored by Sanghmitra Maurya, daughter of Uttar Pradesh Minister Swami Prasad Maurya, has raked up the criminal and violent past of the state’s chief minister, Yogi Adityanath.
The ‘Moditva ke Maaiyne’ (Meaning of Moditva), was released in Lucknow on Saturday.
Co-authored by Sanghmitra Maurya, daughter of Uttar Pradesh Minister Swami Prasad Maurya, who left BSP to join BJP ahead of the 2017 state elections, focuses on the rise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reported ANI.
The author of the book has also picked numerous quotes from Adityanath’s past speeches. Some of the controversial statements made by Adityanath included in the book are “Those opposing yoga should quit India” and “Those opposing surya namaskar should be drowned in the sea” and more.
The book also says that in August 2014, a video showed Yogi telling supporters that if “they (Muslims) convert one Hindu girl, we will convert 100 Muslim girls”.
On the brutal murder of Dadri’s Mohammad Akhklaq by Hindutva terrorists, the book quotes Yogi as saying, “I have read that Akhlaq had gone to Pakistan. Once he returned from Pakistan his activities changed. Has the government found out why this man went to Pakistan? He is being glorified.”
The same page of the book also has this, “”Aryavrat (land of the Aryans) made Aryans. We will turn all to Hindus in India.We will fly the saffron flag all over the world. No non-Muslim can enter Mecca. No non-Christian in the Vatican City . (But) we welcome all.”
Author Sanghmitra has allegedly portrayed Yogi as a hard-line Hindutva leader in her book and in the process has also cautioned him to shed his belligerence as he is the Chief Minister of the state now.
Sanghmitra told ANI that she believed Yogi had transformed himself after holding the post of the Chief Minister.
“Yogi ji is now away from controversial remarks, which I have mentioned in the book. He is the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and has undergone change of views,” she said.
Adityanath, a fanatic Hindu leader within the BJP, has been known for his hatred for Muslims, was elected as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister in March this year. He had formed a militant armed outfit Hindu Yuva Vahini, which was blamed for carrying out out many violent attacks against Muslims in the state.