Two days after videos and images of naked display by Bajrang Dal went viral, political parties and members of civil society have widely condemned Uttar Pradesh governor, Ram Naik, for extending his support to the militant Hindutva outfit.
Bajrang Dal had recently organised an arms training camp understandably to ‘protect Hindus from non-brothers.’
The outfit is reportedly planning to organise similar camps in other parts of Uttar Pradesh namely Sultanpur, Gorakhpur, Pilibhit, Noida and Fatehpur till 5 June.
The Bajrang Dal workers had depicted skull-cap wearing Muslims as terrorists.
Uttar Pradesh governor, Ram Naik, had on Tuesday justified the arms training camp saying there was nothing wrong in organising a ‘self-defence’ camp.
Naik, an RSS and BJP leader before being appointed to the constitutional post by Narendra Modi government, has since then been widely condemned by political rivals and prominent social media users.
Leading the charge was senior Congress leader, Digvijay Singh, who said there was nothing surprising in what Naik had to say.
He told ANI, “Ram Naik is a product of RSS. What did you expect from him that he will criticise Bajrang Dal? Who has given them the right to organise arms training?”
Congress’ Akhilesh Singh, said that Naik did not deserve to be on a constitutional post.
He told ABP News, ” Ram Naik doesn’t deserve to be on this constitutional post. He has brought the post to disrepute. We take cognisance to Muslims being projected as terrorists because we now know people from various faiths have been implicated in terrorism.”
Activist, Pankhuri Pathak said she was not surprised on Naik had to say.
She said, “Ram Naik has shown his true BJP colour one many occasions time to time. There’s nothing new what he said on Bajrang Dal.”
Police in UP on Tuesday lodged FIR for hurting the religious sentiments because of the depiction of Muslims as terrorists, but no action has been taken against Bajrang Dal members for the naked display of arms.
Sankalp Sharma, SP City Faizabad, said, “FIR has been registered against Bajrang Dal under section 153A (promoting enmity between diff groups). The matter is being probed.”
The militant organisation has also faced allegations of rioting and violence against religious minorities.
The outfit has also been running vigilante cow-protection programmes.
One of the most notable gruesome crimes committed by Bajrang Dal goons was last year’so brutal thrashing of a Muslim man in Muzaffarnagar.
Uttar Pradesh goes for crucial assembly elections and analysts are linking the latest arms training to attempts to stoke communal tension in a state, already notorious for riots.