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Akhilesh refrains from demanding Katheria's ouster

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Published on 2 March 2016 9:50 AM GMT

Akhilesh refrains from demanding Katherias ouster
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Ballia: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said that police will initiate action against Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Ram Shankar Katheria on the basis of evidence and his taped speech.

Talking to newspersons here, Yadav said that the after initial investigation the police have registered a case in the hate speech case. Futher investigations are on and police will take action on the basis of evidences.

It may be recalled that the Union minister Ram Shanker katheria and others had allegedly incited Hindus against a particular community during condolence meeting of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) Arun Mahaur, who was gunned down in Agra.

The Chief Minister was here to participate in the marriage ceremony of UP Minister Ramgovind Chaudhary’s niece.

Akhilesh, however, took a different line than that of senior Samajwadi Party leaders in the Parliament on the question of demanding Katheria's ouster from the Modi Cabinet. "I don't demand his ouster but would urge BJP and other parties to stop their hate campaign and not to vitiate the communal atmosphere of the state,"

What Akhilesh said:

  • Police are looking into evidence in hate speech issue in Agra.
  • Stringent action will be taken against the person found guilty.
  • Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders are making such statements to distract the citizens from other important issues.

Case registered against BJP and VHP leaders:

  • Earlier, on Tuesday Police have registered against a BJP leader Kundnika Sharma and VHP leaders Ashok Lavaniya and Prashant Chaudhary.

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