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Secularism "biggest lie", says Adityanath; Cong slams him

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The word secularism is the "biggest lie" told post-Independence, Chief Minister said, prompting a strong retort from the today.

"I feel the word secularism is the biggest lie (told) in post-Independence...those who have given birth to and used the word repeatedly should apologise to the people of ..there is no word like secularism," Adityanath said.

He made the remarks while responding to a query about communalism and secularism at an event organised by the Dainik Jagran group in capital Raipur yesterday.

Adityanath said a political system "cannot be secular". However, it can be "sect-neutral", he added.

Adityanath said it was not possible to run a following a particular way of 'upasana' (worship).

"I have to look after 22 crore people (of Uttar Pradesh). I am answerable for their security and for respecting their sentiments. But I am not here to appease any particular community or caste," he said.

According to a media report, the chief minister also said there was "Ram Rajya" under the Narendra Modi The term 'Ram Rajya' is often used for describing an ideal state of affairs.

Senior leader Kapil Sibal hit out at Adityanath for his remarks, which he termed as the "biggest lie".

"says 'secularism is a lie' and compares Modi's to 'Ram Rajya'. This 'Truth' is perhaps the biggest lie," Sibal said on Twitter.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, November 14 2017. 21:07 IST