“When would Adityanath be booked?”: Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik targets UP CM for calling ANI representative ‘chut*ya’ in viral video

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Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik has asked why Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath had not been booked for calling an ANI representative ‘chutiya’ in an old video.

Nawab Malik

Sharing a short clip of an old video, Malik asked in Hindi, “When would an FIR be filed against Yogi ji for using a language for which an FIR has been filed against Sanjay Raut ji. One nation, two laws.”

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut had allegedly used ‘chutiya’ word to refer to BJP workers in a TV interview. This had prompted the Delhi Police to register an FIR against the Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP. Raut was booked under IPC sections 509 (outraging the modesty of a woman) and 500 (defamation) after they received a complaint from Deepti Rawat Bhardwaj, who is believed to be a national general secretary of the BJP’s Mahila Morcha.

Reacting to the FIR being filed against him, Raut had tweeted, “FIR registerd agnst me for the use of word Chutiya,tht means Stupid as per hindi dictionaries.Inspite of ths,if a case is registrd thn it’s nothing bt an attmpt to pressurize me! BTW,sm BJP leadrs hv usd more objctionble words agnst women leadrs,hvn’t heard of such FIR agnst thm.” (sic)

He had added, “Morovr, these words wr used for childish politics by some imported BJP ldrs in Mah’tra. But case is regsistrd in Delhi ? This is similr to SSR case, whr Patna Police registrd case abt what happnd in Mumbai.” (sic)

A video of Adityanath calling an ANI representative ‘chutiya’ had gone viral earlier this year. In the viral video, Adityanath could be seen addressing an ANI representative as ‘chutiya’. The UP chief minister’s advisors and supporters said that the video had been edited to add the ‘chutiya’ word to defame Adityanath. However, much to their discomfort, the UP chief minister’s expletive-laden comments were broadcast by at least two TV channels namely News18 and ABP Ganga.

ANI too had withdrawn its video fearing reprisals from the government and the subsequent consequences on its revenue. The controversial news agency had also refused to comment on the development even when the reputation of its own agency and representative were tarnished by Adityanath.

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