While addressing an event in Lucknow, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that when he cannot stop Muslims from offering namaz on roads during Eid he cannot ask the police to stop the Janmashtami celebrations.

Uttar Pradesh CM Adityanath was speaking at an event organised by the Prerna Jansanchar Evam Shodh Sansthan, Noida and Lucknow Jansanchar Evam Patrakarita Sansthan.

He said, “If I cannot put a stop on Muslims for one day when they offer namaz on Eid then I have no right to stop the Janmashtami celebrations as well.”

He said that he had given a directive to the police authorities that the use of loudspeakers, DJ’s and other loud celebrations should be prohibited for every festival, however, if such an order cannot be implemented on every religious celebration then the Kanwar Yatra should go on as it is.

In an earlier directive on 10th August, Yogi had asked the Kanwar Yatris to participate in dignified celebrations and not to use loud or explicit songs that undermine the religious sanctity of the festival.

Clarifying his stance he said that he is not against any religious celebration or religion. He said if he made a statement that he is a proud Hindu he will be labelled a communist. The people who are working to strengthen the secular fabric of the country should not be blamed as being communal.

Every religious community has the freedom to celebrate their festivals the way they want. Care should however be taken that no laws, rules or regulations are violated at such times.

Earlier, on 13 August, he had issued orders to the Director General of Police, Sulkhan Singh, that Janmashtami being an important festival be celebrated in full glory at all police stations. The said directive gathered considerable flak as it came at a time when tragedy struck the state with more than 60 infants dying in Gorakhpur.

The AAP government had criticised his directive and AAP spokesman Vaibhav Maheshwari had stated, “This is ironical, tragic and in some ways reflective of the mindset of powers that be… They will go ahead with their agenda even in the wake of tragedies of such magnitude.”