Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said during the interview that when we talk about Dharmacharyas, then Dharmacharyas are not only Hindu Dharmacharyas, there are Muslims as well as Christians? And who is talking about what, collect those things and question them. I will answer every question.
New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya in an interview to BBC Hindi refused to condemn the hate statements made against Muslims at the Parliament of Religions held in Haridwar.
Maurya was being interviewed by BBC reporter Anant Jhane.
According to the BBC, when Anant asked Maurya questions on the speeches given against Muslims in the Parliament of Religions, he got angry and stopped the interview midway. After answering questions for about ten minutes, Maurya asked the reporter to ask only election-related questions.
Responding to this, when the reporter said that the matter was related to elections, Maurya got furious and accused the reporter and told him, ‘You are not talking like a journalist, but like someone’s agent.’
Not only this, Maurya removed the mic on his jacket and asked to turn off the camera. During this, he even pulled the mask of the BBC reporter and called his security personnel and forcibly deleted the video.
The BBC says that it was able to recover the deleted video, as Maurya’s security personnel agreed to delete the video from both cameras, but the video was recovered from the camera chip.
The BBC says that it has released the video of the conversation with Maurya without editing and that the said incident happened after the camera was turned off, due to which the footage of him is not available with the BBC. In the bus video, the Deputy Chief Minister can be seen removing the mike.
However, during the interview, when Maurya was asked a question about the silence of the government and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath regarding the Dharma Sansad, he replied, ‘BJP does not need to give a certificate. We believe in Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas.
He further said, ‘Dharmaacharyas have the right to express their views from their platform. Why do you talk only about Hindu religious leaders? What statements have been given by other religious leaders. Why don’t you talk to them? Why don’t you talk about how many people had to migrate from Jammu and Kashmir before 370 was removed?
Maurya said, ‘When you raise questions, then the questions should not be of one side only, the Parliament of Religions does not belong to the BJP, it belongs to the saints. What the saints say, what they do not say in their meeting is their subject.
After this, the reporter asked about the atmosphere being spoiled by them by counting the names of other religious leaders associated with UP, including Yeti Narasimhanand and Annapurna, who gave hateful statements in the Parliament of Religions, why action is not taken against them, then the reporter has to finish his talk. Interrupting beforehand, Maurya said, ‘Nobody tries to create an atmosphere, which is the right thing, whatever is the right thing, what seems appropriate to them in their platform, they must have said.’
The Deputy Chief Minister further said, ‘You are bringing such questions, which are not related to the political field. I have not even seen those things which you are discussing with me, but when we talk about religious leaders, then there are not only Hindu religious leaders, there are Muslim religious leaders, there are Christian religious leaders too. And who is talking about what, collect those things and question them. I will answer every question. If you had told the subject earlier, I would have prepared and answered you.
But, when reminded how people were charged with sedition after the India-Pakistan cricket match but no action was taken against the Parliament of Religions, Maurya said, “Sedition is a different matter.” Do not connect it with the fundamental right of the people, if someone in India says Pakistan Zindabad, it will not be tolerated. He will definitely come under the category of anti-national, action will definitely be taken against him. But the Parliament of Religions, it belongs to all the sects. Now what right does the All India Muslim Personal Law Board have to say that we do not accept Surya Namaskar.
On this the reporter interrupted him and said, ‘There is no talk of massacre there.’ On this Maurya said, ‘There has been no talk of genocide.’
When the reporter cited the videos, Maurya said that he did not know about any video and asked the reporter, ‘You have brought the question about the election or another topic.’
The reporter said, ‘I am talking about elections only.’ On which Maurya called the BBC report ‘somebody’s agent’ and refused to talk further.
At the end of the video, it can be seen that the BBC team is seen celebrating Maurya and saying, ‘You don’t get angry.’ Despite this, according to the BBC, in subsequent developments, Maurya not only pulled the reporter’s mask, but his security personnel also forcibly deleted the video.
The BBC has said that it has sent a complaint to the BJP National President, State President and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressing objection to the incident, but till now no response has come.
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