New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In what could lead to another political furore over the protests against the Citizenship Act, UP CM Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday, while referring to the deaths in December during the anti-CAA protests in the state, said that if someone is coming with an intent to die, then how will the person remain alive.

During his address, the saffron-robed CM said, "Agar koi marne ke liye aa hi raha hai to woh zinda kahan se ho jaayega (If someone is coming with an intent to die, then how will the person remain alive?)." He was referring to the 20 deaths that happened during the protests against the contentious Citizenship Act which turned violent on several occasions.

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Adityanath further asserted that no trouble-maker died due to police bullet and claimed that they died in firing among themselves. "Upadravi, upadravi ki goli se marey hain," (the trouble-makers died from bullet of another trouble-maker).

"Police should be appreciated. If someone comes out to kill an innocent person and he is challenged by police, then either he or the policemen have to die. No one died of a police bullet. A big conspiracy was revealed behind anti-CAA protests," he stated during his hour-long address at the UP assembly drawing the attention of the opposition. 

Coming heavily on those who have been protesting against the Citizenship Act in Uttar Pradesh over the past month, Adityanath asked if "we have to work towards Jinnah's (Mohammad Ali Jinnah) dream or do we have to work towards Gandhi's dream".

"Azaadi (freedom) slogans are being raised. What 'azaadi'? Do we have to work towards Jinnah's (Mohammad Ali Jinnah) dream or do we have to work towards Gandhi's dream? The police should be praised for their work after the December violence. There were no riots in the state," said the Chief Minister.

He also claimed that his government in the state was not against any democratic protests but will not spare those indulging in violence and will reply them in their own language and said, “those who try to undermine the law ... I am surprised... I have always said we will support any democratic protest. But if someone hides behind democracy to vitiate the atmosphere, if there is violence... woh jis bhasha main samjhega , us bhasha main samjhayenge (we will reply to them in their language)."

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UP has witnessed continuous protests in Lucknow, Kanpur and Prayagraj for over a month against the vexed Citizenship Amendment Act, which seeks to grant fast-track citizenship to religiously persecuted minorities, excluding Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, if they entered India on or before 31, December 2014. 

Posted By: Talib Khan