LUCKNOW — Several Opposition leaders have criticized Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for withdrawing a criminal case against himself.
“जब ख़ुद ही हुए कोतवाल तो डर काहे का,” (whom to fear when you are cop), commented former chief minister and leader of main opposition Samajwadi Party Akilesh Yadav.
The Uttar Pradesh government led by Yogi on Tuesday ordered the withdrawal of a 22-year-old case against him under a new law passed by the state assembly last week. Besides others, many leaders from the ruling BJP including CM Yogi and Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya will avail the amnesty.
जब ख़ुद ही हुए कोतवाल तो डर काहे का.
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) December 27, 2017
The CM Yogi said 20,000 cases pending against politicians will be withdrawn under the law, called the Uttar Pradesh Criminal Law (Composition of Offences and Abatement of Trials) (Amendment) Act, 2017. The case against him was related to violating prohibitory orders to hold a public meeting in his home turf Gorakhpur in 1995.
“It has started with Yogi Adityanath and now, all politicians are hoping that their cases will be withdrawn,” Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh has reportedly said. His party opposed the bill in the Assembly.
Uttar Pradesh Congress president and former film star Raj Babbar said: “अपनी सरकार होने के चमत्कार – योगीजी ने योगीजी कोक्षमा कर दिया !” (This is the miracle of having your own govt – Yogi forgives Yogi).
अपनी सरकार होने के चमत्कार – योगीजी ने योगीजी को क्षमा कर दिया !https://t.co/jWqK3ekaDt
— Raj Babbar (@RajBabbarMP) December 27, 2017
CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury terms the move of the Yogi government as “brazenness” of the ruling BJP.
“CM clears CM. The brazenness with which BJP govts operate. Here is one more example,” tweeted Yechury.
CM clears CM. The brazenness with which BJP govts operate. Here is one more example. pic.twitter.com/6rUsDKEtP7
— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) December 27, 2017
BJP swept the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in February-March this year and won 312 seats in the 402-member house. Yogi, who was Member of Lok Sabha from Gorakhpur, was nominated by the party as CM. Some 143 of 402 members had criminal cases pending against them in courts.