France finds itself in the midst of ongoing riots for the fourth consecutive day following the tragic police shooting of a 17-year-old driver. The situation has garnered international attention, leading to an unexpected response from the office of Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in India.
In response to a viral tweet suggesting that Yogi Adityanath should be sent to France within 24 hours to help control the riot situation, the verified handle of Yogi Adityanath’s office tweeted, “Whenever extremism fuels riots and chaos disrupts law and order anywhere in the world, people seek solace and yearn for the transformative ‘Yogi Model’ of Law & Order established by Maharaj Ji in Uttar Pradesh.”
The incident that sparked the unrest occurred during a routine traffic stop, where a 17-year-old named Nahel was fatally shot by the police. The incident, captured on video, has shocked the nation and reignited long-standing tensions between the police and young people living in housing projects and disadvantaged neighborhoods.
A Twitter account under the name Professor N John Camm demanded that Yogi Adityanath be sent to France to control the situation, stating, “India must send @myogiadityanath to France to control the riot situation there, and My God, he will do it within 24 hours.”
Furthermore, a report by Indian Express highlighted a video released by Rakesh Tripathi, the Uttar Pradesh BJP spokesperson, where he stated, “There was a time when every district in Uttar Pradesh would witness curfews and riots. However, since Yogi Adityanath came to power and the government cracked down on rioters, demolishing their houses with bulldozers, riots have completely stopped in UP. The impact of this achievement is not only felt across India but has also garnered global recognition. This is why the Yogi model for controlling riots is being appreciated in a country like France, signifying global approval of Uttar Pradesh’s law and order.”
Anil K Antony, a former Congress member who switched to the BJP, drew parallels between the situation in France and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. In a tweet, he mentioned, “In hindsight, it is the right time to recall the foresight of @narendramodi ji, @AmitShah ji, and the Indian government, which stood firm against the pressure from short-sighted, appeasement-specialist opposition leaders while drafting the Citizenship Amendment Bill #CAA. India stuck to its mission and firm intention to assist persecuted religious minorities from neighboring countries. Otherwise, it would have undoubtedly been misused by vested interest infiltrators.”
While the use of firearms resulting in fatalities is less common in France compared to the United States, French police shot and killed 13 individuals last year who did not comply with traffic stops. This year, three more people, including Nahel, have died in similar circumstances. These deaths have sparked calls for greater accountability in France, echoing the protests against racial injustice that followed the killing of George Floyd by police in Minnesota.
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