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Some People Shamelessly Supporting Taliban: UP CM Yogi Adityanath in Assembly

The CM's remarks come after an SP MP was booked for his purported statement on Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan.

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Referring to the Opposition, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Thursday, 19 August, that some people are shamelessly supporting the Taliban and they should be exposed.

"Some people are shamelessly supporting the Taliban. And then they talk about women welfare. These people should be exposed," Adityanath was quoted as saying by news agency ANI in the UP state Assembly on Thursday.

The CM's remarks come a day after a Samajwadi Party MP, Shafiqur Rahman Barq, was booked for sedition for his purported statement on the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan. Later, he denied making any such statement.

Based on a complaint lodged by Uttar Pradesh's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Regional Vice-President Rajesh Singhal on 17 August, a case had been registered. The charges against the MP had been framed under sections 124A (Sedition), 153A (Promoting enmity between groups) and 295A (outraging religious feelings).

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Among other announcements made in the Assembly on Thursday, Adityanath said the government will build houses for the poor and the Dalits on the confiscated land of the mafia and that it has set aside Rs 3,000 crore to provide tablets and smartphones to the youth.

The House was later adjourned sine die five days ahead of schedule, IANS reported.

The first sitting of the UP Assembly was held on 17 August and the Monsoon Session was spread over three days, during which the supplementary Budget for 2021-22 was passed, it further reported.

(With inputs from ANI and IANS.)

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