Muslim Woman Asked to Remove Burqa at CM Yogi Adityanath’s Rally For Uttar Pradesh Local Elections in Ballia
Lucknow, Nov 22: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is campaigning tirelessly for the local body elections in the state. His campaign rally in Ballia is making headlines for the wrong reasons. A Muslim woman was reportedly asked to remove her burqa ahead of Adityanath’s arrival at the rally. A video of the incident has gone viral on the Internet.
The Muslim woman, a BJP worker, said that she didn’t know why she was asked to remove her burqa. Even as she said ‘koi baat nahi (no issues)’ on being asked by journalists about the issue, Saira, the woman, said that she was wearing it as it was their traditional dress. Saira said that her husband is also a BJP worker.
The Ballia police has ordered an inquiry into the incident. Ballia SP said that a woman cannot be forced to remove her burqa and that he has ordered an inquiry into the incident.
The video of the incident, shot by several journalists at the rally, shows a female cop, asking the woman to remove her burqa. The video shows a cop taking the burqa from Saira. The police at the rally reportedly said that they didn’t want Adityanath to see any black cloth at the rally.
This comes after black flags were shown at Adityanath’s rally in Meerut, leading to a scuffle at the venue.
Meanwhile, voting for the first phase of Uttar Pradesh Urban Body Elections 2017 was underway across 24 districts on Wednesday. The second and third phase of voting will take place on November 26 and 29 respectively. The counting of votes will take place on December 1.