When Yogi Adityanath cried in Parliament 10 years ago – in March 2007 (video)
In just 10 years, Yogi Adityanath has moved from languishing in jail for 11 days to presiding over the machinery that put him there.
He had been arrested for violating prohibitory orders in Gorakhpur, which was facing communal strife.
The new Uttar Pradesh CM took the jail stint badly and broke down in the Parliament, where he was a serving member.
Seeing that he was in distress, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee allowed him to raise the issue on March 12, 2007, after the question hour.
Adityanath was choked with emotion, stood up to speak, but struggled to find words.
The Telegraph notes that his eyes welled with tears. A fellow MP got up to wipe the tears off his face, while another patted him on the back.
Adityanath spoke and alleged that a “political conspiracy’’ had led to his arrest in Gorakhpur. He said he wanted “justice” and would quit if the House couldn’t protect him.
He added tha he would quit Parliament if the House ruled he’d been at fault. “If I am a criminal, I shouldn’t have the right to sit in this House.”
Adityanath had been arrested when he insisted on addressing a condolence meeting of a man killed during Muharram.
The local administration had denied him permission fearing a communal flare-up if he spoke.
Even MPs opposed to BJP agreed that there was no justification for keeping him in custody for 11 days.
The CPI MP Gurudas Dasgupta said no member of Parliament should be treated in this way.