SP demands Yogi's apology over 'Won't attend mosque inauguration' remark
Lucknow : The Samajwadi Party on Friday demanded an apology from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath after he allegedly said that he would not attend the inauguration of the mosque to be built in Ayodhya.
After completing Bhoomi Pujan of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, UP CM Adityanath has said, "As a yogi and as a Hindu, I should not attend the inauguration of a mosque."
"If you ask me as a chief minister, I have no problem with any belief, religion or community. If you ask me as a yogi, I will definitely not go because as a Hindu I have the right to express my 'upasana vidhi' (way of worship) and act accordingly," Adityanath had said.
"I am neither 'vaadi or “prativadi' (petitioner nor respondent). That is why neither will I be invited, nor will I go. I know, I won't be getting any such invitation,” he said.
Samajwadi Party has sought an apology from Yogi Adityanath to people of Uttar Pradesh for his remark.
SP spokesperson Pawan Pandey criticised Adityanath over his remarks, charging that he has violated the oath he took while assuming charge as the chief minister.
“He is the CM of the entire state, and not only of the Hindu community. Whatever the population of Hindus and Muslims in the state, he is the CM of all. This language of the CM lacks dignity,” he said.
“He should seek an apology from the people for this," Pandey said.