BH CORRESPONDENT, Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s has taken a dig at Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut for politicising the killings of saints. Responding to Raut’s tweet on the Bulandshahr incident, the CM tweeted, “You handle Maharashtra, don’t bother about UP”.
“There is a rule of law in Uttar Pradesh under the leadership of chief minister Yogi Adityanath. Those who violate law are strictly dealt with here. In the Bulandshahr incident, swift action was taken and the accused was arrested within a matter of hours,” Adityanath office tweeted in Hindi.
“Handle Maharashtra, do not worry about Uttar Pradesh,” the office of Adityanath added.
Accusing Raut of playing politics over the gruesome killings of saints, the CM’s office said, “Sanjay Raut, expressing concern over the barbaric killing of saints is politics? Chief minister of Uttar Pradesh called the chief minister of Maharashtra as the seers of Palghar belonged to the Nirmohi Akhara.”
“Think of it, who is doing politics?” it asked Raut.
CM Adityanath had called his Maharashtra counterpart and sought stern action against those behind the killings of two saints in Palghar district. The two saints, identified as Chikne Maharaj Kalpavrukshagiri, Sushilgiri Maharaj and their driver Nilesh Telgade, were beaten to death by locals in a village here.
Uddhav Thackeray yesterday called Yogi Adityanath and did the same, a move many saw as payback.
Sanjay Raut tweeted about the phone-call.
Mr Raut also posted: “Terrible ! Killing of two saints, sadhus at a temple in Bulandshahr,UP. But I appeal to all concerned to not make it communal the way they tried to make palghar,Maharashtra incident.”
भयानक! बुलंदशहर, यूपी के एक मंदिर में दो साधुओं की हत्या, लेकिन मैं सभी से अपील करता हूं कि वे इसे सांप्रदायिक न बनाएं, जिस तरह से कुछ लोगों ने पालघर मामले में करने की कोशिश की।
— Sanjay Raut (@rautsanjay61) April 28, 2020