On January 3, 2019, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath put out a tweet claiming that there have been no riots during his tenure of two years.
“मार्च में मेरे शासनकाल के दो वर्ष पूरे होंगे। मेरे अब तक के शासन में, कोई दंगा नहीं हुआ है। (Two years of my term will be completed in March. In my tenure so far, no riots have taken place),” Adityanath tweeted.
मार्च में मेरे शासनकाल के दो वर्ष पूरे होंगे। मेरे अब तक के शासन में, कोई दंगा नहीं हुआ है।
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) January 3, 2019
However, Adityanath’s claim is absolutely false.
According to a reply by Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir to the Lok Sabha on February 6, 2018, 822 incidents of communal violence took place in India in 2017, out of which 195 were reported from Uttar Pradesh in 2017.
In these incidents, 44 people lost their lives and 542 people were reported to be injured.
AltNews even reported three major incidents of violence that were reported between after Adityanath-led came to power in the state.
In May 2017, clashes took place between the Thakur and Dalit communities in Shabbirpur village. According to a Hindustan Times article published on May 5, 2017, “Later, on May 5, a Dalit group objected to a procession of Thakurs to mark the birth anniversary of Rajput king Maharana Pratap, triggering violence, in which one person was killed and over 15 injured.”
A communal clash erupted on January 26, 2018 in Kasganj, killing one and injuring three people. Later, a curfew was imposed in the region.
In December, 2018, police officer Subodh Kumar Singh was killed by a mob when the former went to control the violence caused over the slaughter of 25 cows in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr. The police became the target of the mob when they tried to clear a road which had been blocked by the angry protesters. The uncontrollable mob started chasing police and threw stones at them.
Yogi Adityanath should read more before making such false claims.