On March 2017, Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as the 21st Chief Minister of the 'politically complex' Uttar Pradesh. From that day onwards he has managed to remain in the headlines for 'famous' and 'infamous' reasons. From medical negligence to turning a blind eye towards the 'inappropriate comments' from his 'motormouth' ministers, here are the top controversies that envelop around the Yogi government in Uttar Pradesh.
Nothing can reduce the grief of the families of those 69 children who lost their lives at the government operated BRD Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur due to disruption in oxygen supply. The tragedy called for a debate on the mismanagement of the yogi government as it occurred in the chief minister's own constituency, from where he was elected as a five-time member of Parliament. After the incident, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said that the "internal politics" at BRD hospital in Gorakhpur was to be blamed for the deaths of infants. He also added that "the tragedy was blow out of proportion".
Even as the blame game continues, it is high time for the Uttar Pradesh government to prioritise health care and include it in the government’s 'to-do list'.
The case came to light after the victim and her family tried to immolate herself outside Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence, alleging police inaction against the accused. The family alleged that the woman was raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his accomplices.
Following the complaint, the victim's father was assaulted by the rape-accused BJP MLA's brother Atul Singh Sengar. After sustaining fourteen injuries across his body, particularly around his back and abdomen, the victim's father died. He had named Atul Singh Sengar as his assaulter in a video testimony before his death.
A 45-year-old man was beaten to death and another was injured over rumors of cow slaughter at Pilakhua in Hapur district of western Uttar Pradesh. A video of a man, who was being accused of cow slaughter surfaced online. In the clip, the victim had been forced to confess his role in slaughtering. The video also showed the attackers hurling abuses at the victim as he was being physically assaulted. The former lost his life succumbing to injuries he suffered in the fatal adverse situation he was dragged in.
However, this was not enough of a proof for the Uttar Pradesh government to initiate an immediate inquiry into the matter. Ultimately, the Supreme Court had to intervene and issue a notice to the Uttar Pradesh Government and ordered IG Meerut to initiate an inquiry and submit a report of the incident.
A sales employee of multinational technology company Apple was shot dead in Lucknow by a constable of the Uttar Pradesh police. His offence: refusing to stop his SUV car after the policemen who were on patrol duty asked for checking the vehicle. The victim, identified as Vivek Tiwari, was dropping his colleague Sana Khan home when the incident took place near the Gomti Nagar Extension area in the early hours of Saturday between 1:30 a.m. and 1:45 a.m.
Kalpana Tiwari, the wife of deceased Vivek Tiwari, asked Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to take cognizance of the incident. She has only one question to ask him.
"Does Police had any right to shoot at my husband?"
After Kalpana demanded UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to come and talk to her, the CM held a meeting with the wife and brother-in-law of the deceased in his residence on Monday. He assured the family that the state government will provide all possible help they need in the case. The UP CM has ascertained the victim's family that a CBI probe will be ordered in to look into the matter. The UP government has further constituted a SIT probe in the case.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath found himself in the middle of the controversy when, two men, Mustakim and Naushad were shot dead by the Uttar Pradesh Police on the morning of September 20 at Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh. It was alleged that the cops invited media to film the full encounter. Mustaqeem and Naushad carried a bounty of Rs 25,000 each on their heads, the police later informed.
The question that arises: