Recently, the Uttar Pradesh government passed a bill against ‘Love Jihad‘. The Uttar Pradesh government has passed a bill against ‘Love Jihad‘. However, the bill does not seem to have gone down well with ex-IAS officers.
Over 100 former IAS officers wrote a letter to CM Yogi Adityanath against anti-love jihad law, calling it “the epicentre of politics of hate”. The ex-bureaucrats urged CM to withdraw his government’s “illegal and atrocious” anti-conversion law that intends to curb “love jihad”.
They said the ordinance was being used “as a stick to victimise” especially Muslim men, and women “who dare to exercise their freedom of choice”.
On this, UP Minister RP Singh gave them a befitting reply, stating that they were “anxious” owing to the fear of losing their “wrongfully accumulated properties”. That is why they are upset and writing letters to the CM.
RP Singh wrote, “During service, some of them wrongfully accumulated properties which they fear to lose now. If Yogi ji continues to be CM, their properties will be investigated. This is making them anxious: UP Minister RP Singh on letter by ex-IAS officers stating that govt is spreading hate”
The IAS officers’ letter comes against the backdrop of a series of cases filed by the UP Police under the new ordinance.
“It has become painfully evident that, in recent years, UP state, once known as the cradle of the Ganga-Jamuna civilisation, has become the epicentre of the politics of hate, division and bigotry and that the institutions of governance are now steeped in communal poison,” the letter read.
“… a series of heinous atrocities committed by your administration against young Indians across Uttar Pradesh… Indians who are simply seeking to live their lives as free citizens of a free country,” it added.
Former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, former Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and former Adviser to the Prime Minister TKA Nair are among the 104 signatories of the open letter.