Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath appeared on an exclusive interview with Republic's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami on Republic Bharat on Sunday, hours after the West Bengal government denied permission for the UP CM's rally in the state.
While Adityanath ended up addressing the rally remotely via phone, during the interview, he hit out at the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government and the Trinamool Congress, contrasting his own government's track record of being democratic and non-communal with hers.
He said, "The kind of government running in West Bengal, the way there are political deaths there, its not just a threat to democracy but the murder of the country's Constitution. It is clear that they are so scared to lose power that there any such person who has the courage to speak the truth, he's either stopped or hindrances are caused in their programs."
He highlighted how attempts had similarly been made to deny permission for the BJP's Rath Yatras, and also BJP party chief Amit Shah's rally, hitting out at "so-called secularists" and the 'undemocratic' direction they want to take the country to.
He said, "Today I had two of my events, both my events were blocked by TMC leader Mamata Banerjee's government. Prior to this, our party leader, Amit Shah's rally and save democracy rath yatra such hindrances were caused. These things prove the demeanour and manner of these so-called secularists towards the Ambedkar's Constitution and in what direction do they want to take the country's democracy."
Adityanath said that the permission for his events had been sought and approved, but the nod for the helicopter's landing was denied, with the officials concerned citing 'pressure from above'.
He said, "The permit application was submitted by my party, and I had even received the permissions. They had given written permission but gave us no permission to land the helicopter. The administration had firmly said that we've been pressurised, we can't give permission. This proves, to hide her weaknesses, TMC's government is taking such undemocratic steps against their political rivals."
"This is to conceal the inhuman deeds happening in West Bengal, she does not want us to come there. But I'd like to extend my gratitude to the BJP supporters who came out despite the obstruction in thousands reached both the locations, have given a big slap to the West Bengal government," he added.
He said there had not been a single incident of rioting under his government, and also took on the Mamata government over an earlier occurrence when the Calcutta High Court had praised the UP government for not prioritising one religion's festival over another's when the two coincided, while the Trinamool Congress had done otherwise.
He said, "TMC's Mamata Banerjee will have to remember that around a year and a half when the event of Navratri and Muharram event fell on the same day, the government gave permissions to Muharram and did not allow Durga Puja. In Uttar Pradesh, we celebrated both the events and the Calcutta High Court had slapped the West Bengal government saying that if both events can happen in Uttar Pradesh then why not in Kolkata. They should be ashamed, in the name of secularism, they appease the Muslims and suppress the emotions of Hindu and on the other side openly."
"In two year, no riots have happened, every event occurred peacefully. West Bengal is undemocratic and against people. It proves that the government of this state does not believe in the Constitution," he added.
The UP CM proceeded to dare his Bengal counterpart, saying that he plans to go to Bengal again on Feb 5, and he would do so as it was his democratic right.
He said, "I have to go to West Bengal again on February 5, it is my right, and for the people of the state, it is our right to raise our voice.
"If there is a lack of law and order in the state, the government has no right to be in power. Uttar Pradesh is the biggest state, and the state has got stability because of me. Mamata Banerjee should learn how to maintain law and order from Uttar Pradesh," he added.