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On Monday, Amnesty International called for the public withdrawal of alleged inflammatory statements made by BJP leader Yogia Aditya Nath, a day after he assumed charge as UP chief minister. Executive Director Aakar Patel alleged, “Adityanath has been one of Uttar Pradesh’s most polarising politicians, given to hateful rhetoric that incites discrimination and hostility against minority groups, particularly Muslims…Aditya Nath’s toxic ideas must not become part of his governance. By demonising Muslims, he has increased religious divisions and put ordinary people at risk of discrimination, hostility and violence.”

3/22/2017 India (Hindustan Times) – Amnesty International on Monday called for public withdrawal of alleged inflammatory statements made in the past by BJP leader Yogi Aditya Nath, a day after he assumed charge as UP chief minister.

“Adityanath has been one of Uttar Pradesh’s most polarising politicians, given to hateful rhetoric that incites discrimination and hostility against minority groups, particularly Muslims,” alleged Aakar Patel, executive director, Amnesty International India.

The five-time MP from Gorakhpur, a known Hindutva hardliner, who was sworn in as the 21st chief minister of the state, stayed at the VVIP guest house overnight and decided not to enter his official residence before conducting prayers and purification rituals.

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