Congress party leaders have called for a police case against Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath under the SC/ST Act after Dalit men and women were reportedly asked to "clean up" before meeting the CM.
"The Chief Minister, who is not a yogi but a bhogi, must immediately, unconditionally and comprehensively, apologise to the entire community which he has insulted," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi was quoted as saying in Indian Express. Singhvi also called for a police case "against the Chief Minister and all this official army which has practised this brazen and shocking form of untouchability."
He alleged that the incident revealed the "true face" of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, the RSS, and the UP CM and exposed their regressive beliefs in "untouchability" of Dalits.
Meanwhile, the Congress party also attacked the Adityanath-led government on the burgeoning law and order crisis in Uttar Pradesh, alleging that the state government is unable to control the ongoing crisis and is also ignorant about the Dalits and minorities.
"Since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government has come in power in the state, the law and order seems out of control," Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge told ANI. "If the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister thinks that whatever he is doing is right and he knows everything, then he is wrong. The law and order in the state is becoming worse by every passing day. They are ignorant towards the development of minorities and Dalits."
He further said that Uttar Pradesh is a large constituency and the situation at in the state affects the rest of the country as well.
"They are unable to meet the demands of the public. The BJP has a powerful publicity and only that is helping them," he asserted.
Meanwhile, Singhvi added that there were no communal clashes and molestation cases during the rule of Congress party (at the Centre).
"Whatever happened in Kushinagar was not at all acceptable. Nobody from the Congress Party has ever said that you have to smell good if you want to meet the Chief Minister," Singhvi added.
Earlier, the District Administration in Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar asked the residents to have a bath before attending a meeting with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, so that they 'smell good'.
To ensure the instructions were followed, soaps, shampoo and perfumes were distributed among the villagers.
The members of the Mushahar community were called to attend a vaccination program for the eradication of Encephalitis, a campaign started by the Chief Minister in Kushinagar's Kasiya division.
Five children from the community were to be vaccinated under the campaign from the area.
Ahead of the event, local officials distributed the soaps and shampoos to those attending the event, in order to make them "look clean and smell good."
Ahead of the event that the Chief Minister was going to attend, roads were paved, toilets were fixed overnight and streets were cleaned up in the village.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched Encephalitis vaccination campaign in the state from Mainpur village in Kushinagar.
Earlier, the administration in Deoria had received much flak for placing air conditioners, sofas and carpets at the house of a Border Security Force (BSF) martyr when Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath went to his place to give the compensation cheque.
(With ANI inputs)
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