Kolkata, March 21: In a shocking turn of events, an FIR has been lodged against a poet for allegedly writing derogatory words against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The poet had written a poem on his Facebook page after the appointment of Yogi Adityanath as UP CM. He allegedly wrote derogatory words that hurt the religious sentiments of the complainant.
The complainant Anab Sarkar is from a Hindu group. The first two lines of the poems has mentions of Trishul and condom that has irked Sarkar. Here is the rough translation of what the poet has written.
“As long as you rape me digging out from grave-
Your religious Trishul will be covered by condom.”
Meanwhile, the poet has said that the FIR would not keep him from protesting.
“World wars failed to stop poetry, this is just another FIR. I will keep protesting,” he said.
“I got threat when I wrote against Bangladesh blogger killings. But I am facing FIR for the first time. This is an example of intolerance by fundamentalist,” he added. (Also read: Revealed: What Mulayam Singh Yadav whispered in Narendra Modi’s ears during Yogi Adityanath’s oath ceremony)
The Siliguri police have said that there is nothing to investigate in this case.
The poem was written in reference to an infamous speech made by an alleged supporter of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, apparently in his presence.
The Bharatiya Janata Party appointed Yogi Adityanath, a leader known for his polarising speeches, the chief minister of the largest state of the country. The Opposition expressed shock at his appointment, saying that it was a polarising decision. Adityanath, however, has maintained that his government will not discriminate against any community and will adhere to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mantra of ‘Sabka saath, sabka vikaas’. After coming to power, he ordered closing down slaughterhouses in the state.
The Bharatiya Janata Party won 312 seats out of 403 in the recently-concluded UP assembly elections. The party has come to power in the state after 15 years.