New Delhi :
Blaming National Conference leader Junaid Azim Mattu for spreading hatred against BJP, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has served a legal notice to him seeking an apology in the matter.
The National Conference on Wednesday released a statement in which the party said: “UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has sent a legal notice of defamation to National Conference state spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu through counsel for Government of India Abhishek Atrey for ‘a habit of spreading hatred against the Bharatiya Janata Party’ and ‘spreading false stories against Mahant Yogi Adityanath by blaming him that he asked Hindus to rape dead Muslim women’.”
The legal notice alleges that Mattu has made such statements to cause “intentional” hatred among the people towards the BJP and the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, thereby directly inciting hatred against the government of that state and hence, they are seditious in nature.
It has been demanded that an apology be published within two weeks in favour of the saffron party and Adityanath failing which, legal action would be initiated.
Reacting to the development, Mattu said he would not be deterred by such “cowardly acts”.
“Those who have openly incited violence against Muslims are ironically sending a legal notice to me for defamation. It seems that Adityanath has mistaken notoriety for reputation.
“He has used intimidation and harassment as political weapons in Uttar Pradesh. He has openly threatened Muslims of serious consequences and defamed them. I will respond to the notice through my lawyers. They are examining it and will respond in an appropriate manner,” he added.
The NC spokesman described the BJP as an “anti-minority, especially anti-Muslim” party, which believed in “selective morality”.