In a scathing attack on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has reportedly suggested that Yogi Adityanath, should be charged for sedition for labelling the military as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s army.
“Yogi ji is saying, ”this is Modi sena”. There should be a case of sedition on Yogi ji. If someone criticises the government, the person is directly called anti-national. But the anti-national person is he who, while being the chief minister, says ”Modi ji ki sena” (Modi’s army),” Mr Gehlot told reporters.
At a rally in Ghaziabad on March 31, Yogi Adityanath had dubbed the Army “Modi ji ki sena”, triggering a political firestorm with the Opposition attacking the Uttar Pradesh chief minister for “insulting and humiliating” the armed forces.
“Where do you want to take the nation? What will happen in the country when soldiers will have their interference here like Pakistan?” Mr Gehlot asked. He said Pakistan had military rule several times, but the defence forces were kept separate from politics in India for the past 70 years.
“Our Army protects the nation and fulfill duties,” the Congress leader said, claiming that it was for the first time the armed forces were being politicised.
The Rajasthan chief minister cautioned that the youth should be aware of the political propaganda on social media.
“Our countrymen, particularly the youth, should not be misled. Modi and his team are brainwashing youths through social media. If you are misled, this will be dangerous for the country,” he said.