Setting the tone for assembly elections next year, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath made a double-edged comment saying that prior to his government’s formation in the state, ration meant for the poor would be “digested” by those who utter ‘Abba Jaan‘ .
“Under PM Modi’s leadership, there is no place for appeasement politics… Before 2017 was everyone able to get ration? Only those who used to say ‘Abba Jaan‘ were digesting the ration,” Yogi Adityanath said at an event in the state’s Kushinagar.
‘Abba Jaan’ is a term used to address fathers by mostly Muslims.
The comment led to wide condemnation on Twitter as users accused the Chief Minister of making communal references, starting a campaign with the hashtag HamareAbbaJaan.
Retired Foreign Secretary Nirupama Menon Rao shared a photo of her father saying, “My father just as he joined the Army in 1941. He made me what I am. My #AbbaJaan.”
— Nirupama Menon Rao ????????, നിരുപമ മേനോൻ റാവു (@NMenonRao) September 13, 2021
Mediacorp’s Chief commercial and digital officer Parminder Singh also shared a photo of his father.
Like most other Dads my Dad believes in preserving & recycling things. Forever surprising us with merchandise received from my previous employers. Like a few years back he showed up in Singapore wearing my old Apple cap and tee! He turned 80 this year. #HamareAbbaJaanpic.twitter.com/PxUIaho0aa
— Parminder Singh (@parrysingh) September 14, 2021
Journalist Saba Naqvi posted a throwback picture with her father, noted journalist Saeed Naqvi, from their ancestral village in Uttar Pradesh.
— Saba Naqvi (@_sabanaqvi) September 13, 2021
Writer and chronicler Rana Safvi shared a photo of her father saying, “he taught us the value of truthfulness, honesty and above all humanity.”
— Rana Safvi رعنا राना (@iamrana) September 13, 2021
British-American writer and journalist Aatish Taseer tweeted a picture of his father and mother.
Abba jaan aur ammi, mohabbat ki ibtida main. pic.twitter.com/fdZkUHNmx3
— Aatish Taseer (@AatishTaseer) September 13, 2021
National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah also criticised the chief minister’s remark with a tweet saying, “I’ve always maintained the BJP has no intention of fighting any election with an agenda other than blatant communalism & hatred with all the venom directed towards Muslims. Here is a CM seeking re-election claiming that Muslims ate up all the rations meant for Hindus.”
I’ve always maintained the BJP has no intention of fighting any election with an agenda other than blatant communalism & hatred with all the venom directed towards Muslims. Here is a CM seeking re-election claiming that Muslims ate up all the rations meant for Hindus. https://t.co/zaYtK43vpd
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) September 12, 2021
Last month, Yogi Adityanath had blamed the opposition for vaccine hesitancy in the state, saying some only took the jab after their ‘Abba Jaan‘ did.