UP CM should apologise for arresting VHP leaders: Subramanian Swamy

UP CM should apologise for arresting VHP leaders: Subramanian Swamy

New Delhi: Describing the detention of VHP leader Ashok Singhal as "brazenly illegal and unlawful", BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday demanded that he be released immediately and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav tender an apology for this act.

"The detention of Ashok Singhal, one of the most renowned VHP leaders, by the UP government is brazenly illegal and unlawful step and a gross violation of Article 19 of the Constitution," Swamy said in a statement.

He maintained that Singhal was engaged in a peaceful demonstration for the acceptance of a "widely popular demand of building a Ram temple by negotiated settlement".

Swamy, who had merged his Janata Party into the BJP on August 11, said for this purpose SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was asked to mediate on this issue.

"So under what law can the Chief Minister order this illegal detention? I demand the immediate release of Mr Singhal and an apology from Akhilesh Yadav," he said.


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I am shocked at the audacious act of the UP government in arresting Indian citizens who were on a peaceful march. Living in a society where citizens rights are pivotal, I cannot how the Indian institutions and courts tolerate outright violations of laws and its constitution. I have been watching some of the news on Indian channels and it is pitiful that the UP state so-called leaders have sought to give the march by VHP and hermits the colour of politics and abused their power in what I assume is illegally enacting temporary orders to arrest the marchers many of whom are saints and hermits. I have heard from friends living in UP that the current UP government has been engaging in major appeasement of the Muslim communities and that UP cabinet is essentially a proxy of the ruling party Congress who are using the UP government to wreak havoc on Hindus. I understand that the Congress is essentially a Roman Catholic government with mainly Muslims and Christians in their government. I am disheartened that the Congress as the centre of the government along with its beneficiaries in certain local governments has so terribly ``communalised`` Indian society, I hope Indians can see through their politicians who have no regard for their society and citizens rights. May God bless Indians with leaders who not betray them and their nation.

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