Former Uttar Pradesh Governor Aziz Qureshi was charged with sedition on Sunday for allegedly making remarks against the Yogi Adityanath-led state government.
The police filed a first information report against him in Rampur district based on Bharatiya Janata Party leader Akash Kumar Saxena’s complaint, reported PTI.
Apart from the sedition charge, Qureshi was charged under sections 153A (promoting enmity between two groups on grounds of religion, race), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration), and 505(1)(B) (intent to cause fear or alarm to the public).
BJP’s Saxena alleged that Qureshi had compared the Adityanath government to a “blood-sucking demon”. The former governor had made the comments after visiting Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan’s house and meeting his wife Tazeen Fatma.
The Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, his wife Tazeen Fatma, and their son were sent to jail in February last year in connection with several cases including land grabbing and encroachment. The Allahabad High Court in December last year granted bail to Tazeen Fatma in all 34 cases filed against her.
While the SP founding member Azam Khan is an MP and a former minister, his wife Tanzeen Fatima is an MLA.
SP chief and former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh has alleged that the BJP government is taking action against Rampur MP Azam Khan by adding his name to fake cases and vengeance. As per the allegations of the Samajwadi Party, ever since the BJP came to power, the family of Azam Khan has suffered a lot as several alleged fake cases have been filed against this family. Yadav has made it clear that he along with this entire party stands firmly with the jailed Samajwadi Party leader.
“It is my right to oppose the policies of the government”
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.
He went on to ask: “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?”
81-year-old Aziz Qureshi is a senior most Indian National Congress leader. He had previously served as 15th Governor of Mizoram. He has also served as the Governor of Uttarakhand and also appointed as a Governor of Uttar Pradesh.
In 1973 he served as a Minister in Madhya Pradesh, later in 1984, he was elected to Lok Sabha from Satna in Madhya Pradesh