New Delhi: A day after 83 former bureaucrats from Uttar Pradesh sought the resignation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, a BJP MLA from Bulandshahr rushed to his defence saying, the civil servants are only bothered about the two deaths, including the police officer, but not concerned about the 21 cows that were killed.
“You are seeing deaths of only Sumit and a police officer but not the deaths of 21 cows,” Sharma was quoted as saying in media reports. On December 3, mob violence erupted in Bulandshahr district after an alleged cow slaughter incident came to light. Two people, including a police officer, died in the violence.
“Please understand that the people who killed the cows were the real culprits,” Sharma said in the letter, according to reports. “The actions of the mob stemmed from the killing of our gaumata.”
Sharma said the people of Uttar Pradesh would take a decision on removing the chief minister, whose government had an absolute majority. “Not some loonies like you who are challenging a constitutional institution and framework,” the letter said.
He told a news daily that he penned the letter because he “felt sad” over the allegations made by the retired bureaucrats and accused them of trying to fulfil “political ambitions” and fomenting communal strife.
A group of former bureaucrats, including former National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon and former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran, wrote the open letter seeking Adityanath’s resignation because of his “politics of hate”. The former bureaucrats accused Adityanath of acting like a “high priest of the agenda of bigotry and majoritarian supremacy” and criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the matter.