Yogi adityanaths decision to step down as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh has shocked the political world.
The Uttar Pradesh chief minister has been embroiled in a controversy over his decision to allow a group of students to participate in the annual Bajrang Darya event.
The students who organised the event in Lucknow on Saturday were allowed to remain in the city after the organisers had given the green signal.
The Bajraj Darshan, a Hindu temple in Luckno, had decided to allow the students to carry out their programme at the temple, which is in a district with a large Muslim population, on the day of the event.
However, a protest group, Bajrapati Darshana (BDS), led by former Union minister A.R. Patil, had demanded a boycott of the ceremony and the cancellation of the party programme.
Adityanatha’s decision has shocked many political circles in the state, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s political ally Arvind Kejriwal, who had called it a “disgrace” on Saturday.
In a statement on Sunday, he said the Bajras had a “great responsibility” to uphold the constitution and the rules of law.
“The students had a great responsibility to uphold our constitution.
We must protect the constitutional norms and traditions.
This cannot be allowed to happen,” the statement read.
“It is a disgrace that the leaders of the ruling BJP, who are the main supporters of the students, are so desperate to indulge in the same.
The BJP should be ashamed of itself.”
A number of BJP leaders and leaders of other parties had also condemned Adityaath’s decision to grant the students the green light.
“We condemn Yogi for allowing the students in Lucknagar to participate at the Bijrang Dal Darshans event.
It is a great shame on him and the BJP,” BJP president Amit Shah said.
The decision was condemned by many in the opposition as well.
“I don’t want to say that Aditynath is a bad CM but I think his resignation is a terrible decision,” BJP leader K. Venkaiah Naidu said.