September 18, 2021

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Opposing govt policy is my right, will fight for it till my last breath: Aziz Qureshi

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Opposing govt policy is my right, will fight for it till my last breath: Aziz Qureshi
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Opposing govt policy is my right, will fight for it till my last breath: Aziz Qureshi
Opposing govt policy is my right, will fight for it till my last breath: Aziz Qureshi

NEW DELHI: Former Uttar Pradesh governor Aziz Qureshi, who has been booked for sedition by Uttar Pradesh police for his alleged derogatory remarks against Yogi Adityanath government, has said that his statement has been misquoted to harm him politically.
The FIR was lodged following a complaint by BJP leader Akash Kumar Saxena at the Civil Lines Police Station in Rampur district on Sunday.
In his complaint, Saxena has alleged that after visiting Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan’s house and meeting his wife Tazeen Fatma, Qureshi made derogatory statements against the Yogi Adityanath government and compared it to a “blood-sucking demon”. “The statement can create tension between two communities and create unrest in the society,” Saxena said in his complaint.
Qureshi (81), is a senior Congress leader and had served as the governor of Mizoram from 2014 to 2015. He also had charge of Uttar Pradesh for some time.
Speaking to ANI, the former governor said, “It is my right to oppose the policies of the government and I will fight for it till my last breath in a democratic way. My statement is being completely distorted to harm me politically and to mislead the public.”
“I had said that there have not been as many atrocities in earlier days like today. I have not made any remarks against anyone,” he said.
“I did not make a statement against the government. I consider the government as my government. I consider the Prime Minister as the Prime Minister of the whole country. I consider the home minister, defence minister of the entire country. I consider the chief minister as the leader of the whole state. I have never lacked in his respect nor will do. We have a democratic right to oppose them, their policies and it is our democratic right,” Qureshi said.
Clarifying the use of the word ‘Saitan’ during his meeting with Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan’s wife, he said that the word is also used for a child who bullies other kids.
The former governor further raised questions against the charges of sedition against him, “Show me one word where I have talked about communalism or spreading communal hatred. A man who needs wheelchair for his support, will he spread hatred?”
As per the copy of the FIR, the former Governor is booked under sections 124A (Sedition), 153A (Promoting enmity between groups on grounds of religion, race), 153B (Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505(1)(B) (intent to cause fear or alarm among the public) of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
“A case has been filed at Civil Lines PS, Rampur against ex-UP governor Aziz Qureshi for making seditious remarks against CM Yogi Adityanath-led government in Rampur. He is accused of creating tensions between communities. Police will take further action,” Rampur ASP Sansar Singh said.

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