New Delhi: Twitter was on Monday flooded with pictures of ‘abbas’ (fathers) from across the country and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had a role to play in it. ‘Abba jaan’ is an Urdu term for father.
On Sunday, while launching several development projects in Kushinagar, Yogi had targeted the Opposition parties over appeasement politics especially the Samajwadi Party (SP) and alleged that the SP government used to eat up the ration of the poor, letting them die. He added that ‘those who called Abba-Jaan used to benefit one community’ – referring to Akhilesh Yadav’s alleged preference towards Muslims.
Political parties slammed Yogi Adityanath for his an “attack” against the Muslim community with National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah, Congress leader Kapil Sibal, UP Congress spokesperson Ashok Singh and SP MLC Ashutosh Sinha among others condemning the “communal” statement.
Further, in response to his remarks, the Twitterati began sharing pictures and memories of their fathers. #AbbaJaan and #HamareAbbaJaan began trending on the social media site.
Writer Rana Safvi tweeted a picture of her father with the caption: “He taught us the value of truthfulness, honesty and above all humanity.”
Author and journalist Saba Naqvi shared her father’s picture with 60’s rock band The Beatles.
Several people posted photographs of their fathers thoughout the day.
Meanwhile, a petition was filed before a court here on Monday against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, taking exception to the controversial “Abba Jaan” remark he made in one of his speeches. The petition was filed before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Muzaffarpur, by Tamanna Hashmi, a local social activist who alleged that the Muslim community, to which he belongs, was insulted by the remarks of the firebrand BJP leader.