Right wing organizations put up posters on Varanasi Ghats warning non-Hindus not to go there

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In Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh, these posters can be seen at various ghats, including Panchganga Ghat, Ram Ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Assi Ghat and Manikarnika Ghat. It is also written on the posters that ‘This is a warning, not a request’.

Alleged posters on the ghats of Varanasi. (Photo Credits: Facebook/Varanasi Congress)

Lucknow: Alleged members of two right-wing Hindu organizations – Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal – are putting up special posters around the Ganga Ghats of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, warning non-Hindus not to visit these ghats Is.

On these posters, it is written in big letters, ‘Entry restricted – non-Hindu’.

Apart from this, it has been written, ‘Maa Ganga, the Ghats and temples of Kashi are symbols of Sanatan Dharma, Indian culture, reverence and faith, those who have faith in Sanatan Dharma, they are welcome, otherwise this area is not a picnic spot.’

The leaders of these organizations also shared their pictures on social media, putting up such posters.

The posters also read, ‘This is a warning, not a request’. On the posters, ‘Vishva Hindu Parishad-Bajrang Dal Kashi’ is also written under this line.

Varanasi is the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

These posters can be seen at various ghats across the city, including Panchganga Ghat, Ram Ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Assi Ghat and Manikarnika Ghat etc.

Many believe that as the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh are approaching, the anti-minority campaign of right-wing Hindu organizations is intensifying. Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, including Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, have been accused of not only turning a blind eye to such campaigns but also actively supporting it.

In Varanasi, these posters appear to be part of a Hindu-led anti-minority campaign that has been going on in different parts of the country for the past few months. Many people believe that these posters being put up in the context of the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh have political significance.

After putting up the posters on the ghats, these people are also planning to put them in the temples of Varanasi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor in the past.

In this regard, Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) Varanasi unit secretary Rajan Gupta has said, “These posters are not an appeal, but a warning to those who are not followers of Sanatan Dharma.”

He further said, ‘Ghats of river Ganges and temples of Kashi are symbols of Hindu religion and culture and others should stay away from them.’

Gupta also said that if people visiting these places have faith in Hinduism, they are welcome and if not, we will send them away from their holy places.

Bajrang Dal’s Varanasi coordinator Nikhil Tripathi ‘Rudra’ also gave a similar reaction.

He said, ‘Ganga river is our mother, this is not a picnic spot. Those who consider Ganga to be a picnic spot, they should stay away from it. If they do not do so, Bajrang Dal will ensure that they do so.

The Congress is seeing this development as a well-planned conspiracy by the BJP to polarize the society ahead of the assembly elections.

Local Congress leader Raghavendra Choubey the wire He told that his party has informed the police about these acts of the right wing.

Choubey said, ‘I have called the DCP of Varuna zone and informed him about this hate campaign started in the city by saffron-clad youth. A delegation of ours will meet the district administration officials, as such acts can disturb the peace and can also affect the election environment.

A local political analyst said that these disgusting posters are an attack on the mixed culture of Varanasi. Senior journalist Vijay Vineet said over the phone, ‘How can someone divide Varanasi to gain political mileage in the name of religion?’

Alleged members of VHP and Bajrang Dal with posters. (Photo: Special Arrangement)

Vineet further said that the Ganges and its ghats have never belonged to any one religion. He told how Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan used to offer Namaz after bathing in the Ganges.

According to Vineet, who has written many books on Varanasi, ‘the real conspirator is the BJP. It wants to divide the society on communal lines, because this time the prospects of the saffron party in the electorally important eastern UP region look very bleak.

Meanwhile, the BJP has claimed that right-wing organizations cannot be held responsible for the incident.

Party spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi gave a clean chit to VHP and Bajrang Dal for putting up the controversial poster. He told the media that this has been done by some ‘mischievous elements’.

However, the posters bear the names of both the organisations.

Tripathi partially endorsed the message of the poster, saying that the temples of Ganga and Varanasi are holy places and should not be considered as picnic spots. However, he definitely said that no one has the right to stop anyone from visiting these places.

However, the police has not taken any action against those who put up these posters, while pictures of these people putting up posters are available on social media.

A staff member of the DIG office of Varanasi said that the information about the controversial posters has been given to the top officials. Police has taken cognizance of the matter. After investigation, action will be taken if needed.

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