CM breaks his silence says everyone is equal before the law
Raipur, 04 September. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel who is battling an intense political feud with Health Minister TS Singh Deo over the change of guard in the state, appeared to break his silence on his father Nand Kumar Baghel’s anti-Brahmin rhetoric, saying he is pained by the remarks and everyone is equal before the law. Meanwhile, an FIR was lodged against Baghel’s father in a Raipur police station under sections 153 (A) and 505 (1) on Saturday.
An FIR was lodged by Sarva Brahman Samaj in Deen Dayal Nagar Police station on Saturday against CM Baghel’s father Nand Kumar Baghel for his remark to throw ‘Brahmins’ from the ‘Ganga’ to the ‘Volga’. FIR under sections 153 A (Wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 505(1) “with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public whereby any person may be induced to commit an offense against the State or the public tranquility”, has been lodged against Nand Kumar Baghel, DD Nagar Police station In-charge officer Yogita Khaparde said.
Reacting to the issue, CM Baghel said that he is pained with his fathers’ utterances but his government treats everyone as equal. “Everyone knows that I have ideological differences with my father from the beginning. Our political views and beliefs are also completely different. As a son, I respect him but as a Chief Minister, none of his mistakes can be forgiven which can disturb the public order. No one is above the law, even if he is the Chief Minister’s 86-year-old father”, the CM he CM he added.
Quiet for a long time despite senior Baghel’s repeated hate-mongering, fuming Brahmins are now up in the arms and had requested the Governor to take action against Baghel. Samagra Brahmin Samaj Bilaspur demanded punitive action against the CM’s father Nandkumar Baghel for caucaucausing sing sing social disharmony and enemity by his derogatory remarks against the Brahmin community in Lucknow recently. “CM’s father has been time and again openly expressing his malice against the Brahmin community in the filthiest language” the plaint addressed to Governor Anusuiya Uike said.
Former BJP veteran Virendra Pandey who now heads a little-known Swabhiman Party took strong exception and dared Chhattisgarh Police to act against the senior Baghel for his purported remarks against the Brahmins. “Raipur Police on Wednesday registered a case of communal hatred against three BJP workers who made a video reportedly shot in Pakistan viral on social media.
“There is one Nandkumar Baghel who declares Brahmins as foreigners and openly warning to send them to the Volga River (Russia) by driving them out of India. Will the police register a case against Baghel and send him to jail? Or will he sit like an impotent, Because Nandkumar Baghel’s son is the chief minister of the state”, Pandey wrote in his Facebook post?
Senior Baghel claimed in Lucknow recently that Brahmins were foreigners and should be driven out of India to the banks of Volga in Russia. His remarks coincided with his son Bhupesh Baghel’s hyped temple-hopping pilgrimage to Amarkantak where he performed series of pujas apparently to safeguard his position amid an intense feud with his comrade turned rival TS Singh Deo to take the reins of the state.
Earlier, in 2019 senior Baghel created a furor over his alleged claim that Lord Rama was a foreigner and people should shun the practice of burning the effigy of demon king Ravana or else he would start burning the effigy of Rama. Interestingly, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has neither endorsed his father’s hatred for Hinduism and Brahmins nor did he upbraid him for dividing the society in no un no certain terms.