This morning, as the incident snowballed, Yogi Adityanath announced compensation for the family of the police officer killed in Bulandshahr.
Images showed the Chief Minister with his Chhattisgarh counterpart Raman Singh at the Gorakhnath temple – where Yogi Adityanath remains head priest – for the show based on a Hindu saint.
This morning, as the incident snowballed, Yogi Adityanath announced compensation for the officer’s family. Then he went on to attend a kabaddi event, also in Gorakhpur.
Yogi Adityanath at the light-and-sound show on the night of the Bulandshahr violence.Facing criticism from opposition parties and the rage of the officer’s family at his funeral in Bulandshahr, Yogi Adityanath called a late night meeting in Lucknow to review the law and order situation.
Among the voices asking him to “reflect” how the incident took place was fellow BJP leader and union minister Uma Bharti.
Mr Singh investigated the 2015 mob-lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri. His family linked his killing with the case.
Yogi Adityanath also faced questions from allies. “This is a planned conspiracy by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajrang Dal and RSS, now police are even naming some BJP members. Why protest happened on same day as Muslim Ijtema event? It was an attempt to disturb peace,” said OP Rajbhar, a UP minister and the head of the S-BSP, a BJP ally in UP.
BSP Chief Mayawati said the BJP was responsible for sanctioning chaos in UP. “The mob violence is because of BJP policies,” she said.