In response to Uttar Pradesh government’s ‘name and shame’ posters of anti-citizenship law protesters, a Samajwadi Party (SP) leader on Thursday (March 12) night erected a hoarding with pictures of two rape-accused leaders associated with the ruling BJP.
SP leader IP Singh had erected the large hoarding with photos of former BJP leader Kuldeep Singh Sengar and former union minister Swami Chinmayanand next to the government’s banner featuring those accused of vandalism during anti-CAA protests in Lucknow who have been issued recovery notices.
जब प्रदर्शनकारियों की कोई निजता नहीं है और उच्चन्यायालय और सर्वोच्च न्यायालय के आदेश के बाद भी योगी सरकार होर्डिंग नहीं हटा रही है तो ये लीजिए फिर। लोहिया चौराहे पर मैंने भी कुछ कोर्ट द्वारा नामित अपराधियों का पोस्टर जनहित में जारी कर दिया है, इनसे बेटियाँ सावधान रहें। pic.twitter.com/9AqGBxMoJR
— I.P. Singh (@IPSinghSp) March 12, 2020
“When protesters have no privacy and the Yogi government does not remove the hoardings despite instructions from the High Court and the Supreme Court, then, at the Lohia junction, I too have put up a poster of some criminals named by the courts in public interest. Daughters beware,” the party’s national spokesperson said in a tweet in Hindi.
Besides the photos of the two tainted leaders, the poster carries the charges against them, and says, “These are the culprits of the daughters of the state. Be careful of them.”
On Friday morning, the former minister tweeted, “I thank all of you for the support from all over the country. My intention was only to awaken the blind government that is greedy for cheap publicity. Our priority should be the problems of farmers, ensuring safety of women, employment for youth. The country is in need of statesmen.”
After the court declared its verdict on Sengar in the morning, he tweeted, “Kuldeep Sengar has been punished by the Delhi court…and on the other hand the Uttar Pradesh police is busy removing the hoarding that I had put up. This is the difference between BJP’s words and actions. Shame on using daughters to serve political interests.”
The Uttar Pradesh government had erected posters of anti-CAA protesters in Lucknow after which the Allahabad High Court had taken suo motu cognisance and ruled that the hoardings should be removed by the administration.
The state government, then, moved the Supreme Court against the high court order which on Thursday stated that there was no law so far that could back their action of putting up such roadside posters.
An apex court bench refused to stay the March 9 order of the Allahabad High Court.
(With inputs from agencies)